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Governor:Bill Walker 
Commissioner of Education:Michael Johnson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:131,176
Number of school districts:54
Number of public schools:521
Number of public school teachers:7,759
Unadjusted education spending per student:$18,416
Percent minority students:51.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:43.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.7%
Percent of English-language learners:11.5%
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 8, 2017 – Education Week
To improve the graduation odds of Alaska Native students, some key schooling changes are required, writes Evon Peter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 10, 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 13, 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.
January 7, 2016 – 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.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
Geography is no barrier for students in the Lower Kuskokwim district, where Assistant Superintendent Dan Walker has expanded distance learning options, from digital photography to robotics.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week
While there are drawbacks—such as technological glitches that interrupt instruction—online educators say the opportunities to build alliances with colleagues worldwide allow them to strengthen their own teaching.
February 1, 2012 – Education Week
The long-running lawsuit, now ended, opened state coffers for more than $1.2 billion in school facilities aid for remote, rural districts.
October 19, 2011 – Education Week

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