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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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The country's largest state-sponsored K-12 online school is confronting declines in funding and enrollment, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education.
August 27, 2013 - Education Week
Only seven of the state's 67 school districts have taken Gov. Rick Scott's offer of a state-funded debit card worth $250 for teachers to spend on school supplies.
August 14, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune
The resignation of Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett amid a school grade-changing controversy stemming from his tenure in Indiana spotlights the complexities and pitfalls of school accountability systems.
August 5, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers represented in the lawsuit against the state education department argue that they are being graded against subjects and students they don't teach.
April 16, 2013 | Updated: May 7, 2013 - Education Week
Advocates push options for parents to demand turnaround of low-performing schools, while critics say the laws could undermine public education.
March 21, 2013 | Updated: March 28, 2013 - Education Week
Several of the nation's largest states showed gains in math and reading over roughly two decades, a new study says, though there's room to improve.
February 21, 2013 - Education Week
In the Public Interest, a nonprofit, says Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education is being used as a cover for companies seeking public money.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
Even one out-of-school suspension can lead to poorer academic outcomes, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.
January 10, 2013 - Education Week
Several top state education jobs changed hands as 2012 came to a close.
January 8, 2013 - Education Week
The state’s Department of Education released its first report on new, controversial evaluations for teachers Wednesday.
December 5, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune

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