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Governor:Rick Scott
Commissioner of Education:Pam Stewart
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,720,744
Number of school districts:74
Number of public schools:4,295
Number of public school teachers:177,853
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,433
Percent minority students:58.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:9.2%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.0%
8th grade math:26.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.5%
8th grade reading:30.3%

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July 23, 2015 – Education Week
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August 5, 2015 – Education Week
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July 8, 2015 – Education Week
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June 11, 2015 – Education Week
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June 4, 2015 – Education Week
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April 22, 2015 – Education Week
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April 15, 2015 – Education Week

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