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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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President Karen Aronowitz receives mixed reviews for her leadership of the troubled United Teachers of Dade union.
February 13, 2007 - Education Week
In a last-minute scramble to get a piece of a $147.5 million teacher performance-pay pie, all 67 school districts in Florida have submitted plans under the state’s program.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week
The Department of Education last week added three more states to a pilot program that evaluates schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act based in part on the growth individual students make over time.
November 10, 2006 - Education Week
Voters in Wake County, N.C., approved one of the largest school construction bonds on local ballots last week, giving the green light to build schools that will house an exploding student population.
November 9, 2006 - Education Week
Picked up by immigration authorities, undocumented children who are apprehended without their parents are sent to shelters throughout the United States and educated while they wait out deportation proceedings. At one such shelter in Miami, new students appear almost as rapidly as others leave.
November 6, 2006 - Education Week
Florida has announced three plans this year to tie teacher bonuses to improvement in students’ test scores. And all three times the plans have been challenged by the state teachers’ union.
October 3, 2006 - Education Week
The stage for the Florida governor’s race is finally set. In a matchup determined by last week’s primary, a Republican former education commissioner under outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush will square off against a Democratic congressman and former state lawmaker in the campaign leading up to the Nov. 7 election that is likely to focus heavily on education.
September 12, 2006 - Education Week
Though many states have debated changing the way teachers are paid, Texas is one of just three that have succeeded in linking compensation for individual teachers with student achievement.
September 6, 2006 - Education Week
Gov. Jeb Bush won’t be on the Republican ballot in Florida’s Sept. 5 primary for governor, but two of his former education commissioners will be. And the outcome will set the stage for a fall showdown that is expected to be, in part, a referendum on the two-term governor’s education policies.
August 8, 2006 - Education Week
Haunting images of people being forced to leave their pets behind during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath have spurred a flurry of activity to provide pet-friendly shelters in emergencies. With the arrival of hurricane season, schools are increasingly being asked to help ensure such scenes aren’t repeated, by converting their facilities to pet shelters, but the approach has met with opposition in at least some school districts.
July 11, 2006 - Education Week

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