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Governor:Jan Brewer
Superintendent of Public Instruction:John Huppenthal
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,071,690
Number of school districts:614
Number of public schools:2,265
Number of public school teachers:50,031
Unadjusted education spending per student:$7,968
Percent minority students:57.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.7%
Percent of English-language learners:7.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.6%
8th grade math:30.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:27.6%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition.
May 12, 2014 - Education Week
Under Gail Pletnick's leadership, students in Dysart's schools are learning at their own pace, only moving on when they've fully grasped concepts.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
Federal officials say Arizona's NCLB waiver accountability plan falls short on high school graduation rates and teacher evaluations, which could put the state's flexibility at risk.
September 16, 2013 - Education Week
Plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit challenging Arizona's practice of educating ELL learners in separate English-language classes for four hours a day are appealing a federal court ruling that upheld the practice.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week
Gov. Jan Brewer is backing an unusual effort to tie a relatively small portion of school funding to districts' performance on the state’s A-F grading system.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Backers say tax credits offer fewer legal red flags than traditional vouchers and could save states and districts cash.
June 12, 2012 - Education Week
Studies suggest that coeducational classrooms are an ideal setting to dispel gender biases and teach boys and girls to get along.
May 7, 2012 - Education Week

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