California has the largest youth population of any state in the United States, thus it is home to a wide array of primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. California students are racially diverse, and the schools have historically struggled to provide underrepresented minorities with equitable educational opportunities. With 6 million students, California public primary and secondary schools serve a larger population than any other state. California students are racially diverse—over half of the student population is Latino, and the schools also serve sizeable Asian American and black populations. About a quarter of public school students in California are white. The California public school system is also linguistically diverse. Approximately 40 percent of California students do not speak English as their primary language at home, and a ...

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