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Governor:Bill Walker 
Commissioner of Education:Susan McCauley (interim)
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:130,944
Number of school districts:54
Number of public schools:507
Number of public school teachers:7,898
Unadjusted education spending per student:$18,175
Percent minority students:49.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:42.8%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.7%
Percent of English-language learners:11.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.1%
8th grade math:31.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.9%
8th grade reading:31.4%

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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
After miscalculating expected revenues, lawmakers in a number of mineral-dependent states are preparing to debate alternative sources of funding for state school aid.
January 12, 2016 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
December 30, 2015 - Quality Counts
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

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