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Governor:Rick Scott
Commissioner of Education:Gerard Robinson
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,643,347
Number of school districts:73
Number of public schools:4,131
Number of public school teachers:175,609
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,863
Percent minority students:57.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.9%
Percent of English-language learners:8.7%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.7%
8th grade math:30.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.0%
8th grade reading:33.3%

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Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist are both pledging greater financial support for schools in their close election contest.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
Florida is wading into largely uncharted waters with an effort to fuel collaboration between regular public schools and charters, at a time when several big-city districts have sought similar ties.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
Gwinnett County, Ga., and Orange County, Fla., were the two winners—and the only two finalists—for the prestigious Broad Urban Education Prize.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The Gwinnett County, Ga., and Orange County, Fla., school systems this year will share the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which recognizes school systems that improve academic achievement while narrowing achievement gaps.
September 22, 2014 | Updated: September 24, 2014 - Education Week
From California to Maryland, schools are preparing for an unprecedented increase in the flow of Central American children and youths streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border and arriving alone.
June 27, 2014 - Education Week
For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The Florida K-12 district was at odds with its 95 charter schools before Robert Runcie came along with an agenda for change and collaboration.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
Early results suggest the new state policy, which targets the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in the Sunshine State, may be paying off.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week

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