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Governor:Doug Ducey
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Diane Douglas
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,111,695
Number of school districts:715
Number of public schools:2,416
Number of public school teachers:48,124
Unadjusted education spending per student:$7,528
Percent minority students:60.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.8%
Percent of English-language learners:6.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:37.8%
8th grade math:34.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.6%
8th grade reading:31.1%

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The broadening of the state's education savings account program has some backers already looking to widen it further, even as teachers and some school groups decry the recent expansion.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defended his decision to sign a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program, saying the state can invest more money into public K-12 education while adding reforms like the voucher program.
April 11, 2017 – AP
Some states appear more prepared to implement ESSA than others, writes researchers Priscilla Wohlstetter, Darius R. Brown, and Megan Duff.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
Republican-led legislatures are considering charter school and voucher bills at the state level even as a high-profile school choice proponent takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week

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