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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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Opponents of Arizona's new universal private school voucher program succeeded in blocking the law until voters can weigh in next year, barring a successful court challenge or an outright repeal of the new law by the Legislature.
September 6, 2017 – AP
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Across the country, school districts are trying new tactics to avoid starting this school year with an empty teacher's desk, including hiring parents and calling veteran teachers out of retirement.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week

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