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Governor:Robert Bentley
State Superintendent of Education :Thomas Bice
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:738,322
Number of school districts:131
Number of public schools:1,600
Number of public school teachers:49,363
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,907
Percent minority students:41.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:53.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.7%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:29.8%
8th grade math:19.7%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.7%
8th grade reading:25.1%

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This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts
Midterm elections and forceful advocacy efforts could reverse long-held resistance in Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A new report finds that 40 states saw increases in the number of homeless students in the 2011-12 school year—some by 20 percent or more.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
The Huntsville, Ala., city school system, like the Los Angeles district, is relying on Pearson to ease its transition to digital curriculum and 1-to-1 technology.
October 25, 2013 - Education Week
A tax-credit-based scholarship program and implementation of common core are proving politically divisive.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
A federal appeals court panel strikes down an Alabama immigration-law provision as unconstitutional.
August 28, 2012 - Education Week
The toughest of a wave of state laws targeting illegal immigrants, Alabama's statute is affecting learning for all the Latino students in Foley, Ala.
June 1, 2012 - Education Week

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