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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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Action by Republican Gov. Rick Scott raises questions about reach of common assessments being developed by the PARCC coalition, but leaders say the work will continue without Florida.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
The state is pursuing policy and funding changes meant to open up the world of online education to more providers, such as K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual education provider in the country.
August 27, 2013 - Education Week
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

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