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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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Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 - Education Week
Disagreements between the state's education chief and other officials could complicate work on academic standards, school finance, and other topics.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
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
An Arizona school system is one of a number of districts around the country to install Wi-Fi devices on its school buses, with the goal of allowing students to schoolwork during their rides to and from school.
April 13, 2015 - Education Week

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