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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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March 17, 2008 - Education Week
The Duval County, Fla., district sees the courses as part of a shift to teaching more students college-level skills.
March 10, 2008 - Education Week
Few observers regard the compromise as signaling an end to nationwide discord over the issue.
February 19, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Education Week
Starting with the 2008-09 school year, individual districts must meet new size caps in each classroom.
February 19, 2008 - Education Week
An audit of professional-development literacy programs in a Florida district has found that students of teachers trained in those programs showed significant gains in reading-test scores.
February 11, 2008 - Education Week
While lower tax bills may make homeowners happy, they threaten a precious and typically stable source of revenue for school districts.
February 4, 2008 - Education Week
Problems in the Sunshine State are likely to prompt renewed scrutiny of state-run investment funds elsewhere.
December 10, 2007 - Education Week
For the first time, a draft of the state's science standards refer explicitly to evolution and describe the theory as crucial to students' understanding of the natural world.
November 1, 2007 - Education Week
Some of the lowest-performing schools in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., district could soon be weaned from three years of strategic support. Will they be able to sustain their progress?
October 16, 2007 - Education Week
Even as the 2008 fiscal year gets into full swing for most states, a handful—including Florida, Michigan, and Illinois—are still ironing the kinks out of their cash-strapped budgets.
October 5, 2007 - Education Week

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