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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 Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
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

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