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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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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
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

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