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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
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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A long-projected revenue chill is beginning to bite in a number of states, putting pressure on education policymakers to defend existing programs.
September 17, 2007 - Education Week
Florida became the latest state to create a database where the public can check out which teachers have been disciplined on charges such as drug possession and sexual abuse.
September 4, 2007 - Education Week
A flaw in a statewide test has widened into a full-scale debate with national implications: Is too much riding on one fallible assessment?
June 12, 2007 - Education Week
Lawmakers in Florida are setting their sights on expanding its assessment system to include social studies.
April 17, 2007 - Education Week
Florida and Wisconsin are among the states considering changes to the system they use to identify gifted children.
April 6, 2007 - Education Week
The state's new plan would give school districts more say in how teachers are rewarded.
March 27, 2007 - Education Week
In his first State of the State address, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist pushed for additional funds to expand a program that is under fire in the legislature and in court.
March 13, 2007 - Education Week
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

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