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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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