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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
A ruling by a federal appeals court has all but ended a two-decade legal fight over Arizona's program for teaching English to children in schools.
June 16, 2015 - AP

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