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Governor:Kay Ivey
State Superintendent of Education :Michael Sentance
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:744,164
Number of school districts:179
Number of public schools:1,659
Number of public school teachers:42,737
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,028
Percent minority students:43.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:26.1%
8th grade math:17.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.7%
8th grade reading:25.6%

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June 22, 2017 – AP
A federal judge will allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school district of mostly white students in spite of her criticism that city leaders are doing so as a way to control racial demographics in public schools.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
A rural Southern school with a predominantly Native American population engages the whole community in its continued quest for improvement.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
More than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in 2013-14, an Education Week analysis finds.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week

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