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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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When it comes to educating Latino students, the nation's fourth-largest school system has a long track record.
June 1, 2012 - Education Week
Under new rules, school grades must factor in math and reading scores for ELLs after just one year of instruction.
May 22, 2012 - Education Week
April 23, 2012 - Education Week
As increasing numbers of states move to end social promotion, some are also including interventions to help students learn to read.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
A proposed 'parent-trigger' law goes down to defeat in a state regarded as friendly to school choice matters.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
The largest state-sponsored online school is held up as a model to follow, but some are questioning its effectiveness.
March 12, 2012 - Education Week
After suffering legislative setbacks, unions and other critics of states' new education laws sue to overturn them.
September 27, 2011 - Education Week
The new law requires incoming freshman, beginning this school year, to take at least one course online prior to graduation.
September 20, 2011 - Education Week
The $4 billion in federal grants spur local projects sometimes overlooked amid the program's more sweeping goals.
April 19, 2011 - Education Week
Veteran teacher Virginia E. Harper writes that legislation in her state, Florida, makes her feel that lawmakers don't value the doctorate she worked hard to earn.
March 29, 2011 - Education Week

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