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Governor:Rick Scott
Commissioner of Education:Pam Stewart
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,720,744
Number of school districts:74
Number of public schools:4,295
Number of public school teachers:177,853
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,433
Percent minority students:58.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:9.2%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.0%
8th grade math:26.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.5%
8th grade reading:30.3%

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June 11, 2009 – Education Week
Florida lawmakers will use federal stimulus aid as a budget lifeline.
May 20, 2009 – Education Week
Lawmakers are mulling restrictions and budget cuts for the state’s nationally known virtual school.
April 29, 2009 – Education Week
Aldine, Texas, district again tops the list of districts making progress in closing achievement gaps.
April 2, 2009 – Education Week
The governor says the economic recovery package offers badly needed relief, but others warn deeper fiscal changes are needed.
March 11, 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.
October 1, 2008 – Education Week
The school board ousted Rudolph F. Crew on a wave of criticism about his management style and financial acumen.
September 17, 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 17, 2008 – Education Week

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