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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 governor says the economic recovery package offers badly needed relief, but others warn deeper fiscal changes are needed.
March 10, 2009 - Education Week
School systems are raising private money, upping fees, and squeezing savings from existing budgets to minimize layoffs and spare programs.
January 15, 2009 - Education Week
Idaho is bracing for deep education cuts, Kansas is working to prevent any, and Alabama is weighing a gambling tax to fund education.
December 17, 2008 - Education Week
Teachers of the early grades often admit to feeling lost in science, since many themselves have taken little college coursework in the subject.
September 29, 2008 - Education Week
The school board ousted Rudolph F. Crew on a wave of criticism about his management style and financial acumen.
September 11, 2008 - Education Week
The deployment of specialists in Florida helped build teacher capacity and improve students’ motivation to read, but did not always lift test scores, a study shows.
September 11, 2008 - Education Week
Reeling from unprecedented cuts to the state’s K-12 system, local school leaders eliminate teacher aides, consolidate bus routes, and cancel before- and after-school programs.
May 8, 2008 | Updated: June 28, 2015 - Education Week
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says that federal mandates are squeezing some subjects out of the curriculum, and she is working on a project that has a goal of restoring one of them: civics education.
April 4, 2008 - Education Week
The bill would cut to 60 the number of in-service hours in teaching English as a second language required of reading teachers who work with ELLs, down from the current requirement of 300.
April 4, 2008 - Education Week
The ACLU has filed a class action against the Palm Beach County, Fla., school district, claiming its low graduation rate is a violation of the Florida Constitution.
March 21, 2008 - Education Week

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