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Governor:C.L. Butch Otter
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Sherri Ybarra
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:295,947
Number of school districts:148
Number of public schools:706
Number of public school teachers:15,002
Unadjusted education spending per student:$6,791
Percent minority students:22.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:47.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.3%
Percent of English-language learners:4.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.2%
8th grade math:34.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.1%
8th grade reading:37.2%

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State officials are scrambling to make sure their broadband network provides service to school districts, following a legal battle that has left the network's future in limbo.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
In many rural communities, a small but growing number of charters are scrounging for space and competing with regular schools for scarce resources and students.
May 7, 2014 – Education Week
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
January 15, 2014 – Education Week
What is the "secret sauce" in a district's culture of operation that allows good ideas to flourish, and how can those attitudes and approaches be replicated?
October 2, 2013 – Education Week
The pilot program represents the first statewide effort to use multimedia material from the online Khan Academy.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week
The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
December 5, 2012 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
A sweeping set of measures that included laptops for high school students and curbs on collective-bargaining are overturned by voters.
November 14, 2012 – Education Week
Just three states—Idaho, Illinois, and Nevada—still await word on flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
August 8, 2012 – Education Week
The state now joins Alabama, Florida, and Michigan as the only states requiring some form of online learning for graduation.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week
The state board of education gave initial approval to a rule requiring high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate.
September 21, 2011 – Education Week

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