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Governor:John Hickenlooper
Commissioner of Education:Richard Crandall
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:876,795
Number of school districts:184
Number of public schools:1,832
Number of public school teachers:50,157
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,647
Percent minority students:44.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:42.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.4%
Percent of English-language learners:12.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.7%
8th grade math:36.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.6%
8th grade reading:38.2%

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