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Governor:Muriel Bowser (Mayor)
Superintendent of Education:Hanseul Kang
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:80,958
Number of school districts:73
Number of public schools:270
Number of public school teachers:6,565
Unadjusted education spending per student:$18,485
Percent minority students:90.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:92.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:30.7%
8th grade math:19.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:27.3%
8th grade reading:18.6%

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In her first comprehensive sit-down interview with a national media outlet since taking office, DeVos touched on some of the most pressing issues in K-12 and higher education.
August 14, 2017 – AP
In an interview with the Associated Press, U.S. Secretary of Secretary Betsy DeVos distanced herself from her comment earlier this year about the nation's historically black colleges and universities being pioneers of school choice.
August 10, 2017 – AP
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Kaya Henderson reflects on her tenure as she prepares to step down from her post as schools chief in the nation's capital.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The District of Columbia school system wants to help close an "enrichment gap" by paying for students to travel internationally before they graduate.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
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April 13, 2016 – Education Week

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