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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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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
Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota say they'll flout the 2014 deadline on AYP, while the Education Department warns such action won't be tolerated.
July 6, 2011 – Education Week
School officials say a lack of technological infrastructure could put some students at a disadvantage under proposed education reforms that would require students to take online classes to graduate.
February 9, 2011 – Education Week
GOP leaders in Idaho, Indiana, and Tennessee are proposing bills that would limit what, if anything, teachers' unions could negotiate.
February 9, 2011 – Education Week
New GOP governors and state school chiefs will be poised to wield fresh influence on education policy.
November 3, 2010 | Updated: May 6, 2016 – Education Week
Experts say many states and national education groups are behind the curve in addressing teacher quality in online education.
September 22, 2010 – Education Week
Few districts have tried to connect their systems to professional development, teacher promotion, and compensation.
December 16, 2009 – Education Week

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