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Governor:C.L. Butch Otter
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Sherri Ybarra
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:290,885
Number of school districts:160
Number of public schools:747
Number of public school teachers:15,609
Unadjusted education spending per student:$6,621
Percent minority students:23.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:48.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.8%
Percent of English-language learners:4.4%
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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Few districts have tried to connect their systems to professional development, teacher promotion, and compensation.
December 16, 2009 – Education Week
August 15, 2009 – AP
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that a state's restriction on school district and other local government employee-payroll deductions for politics does not violate the free speech rights of unions.
March 4, 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
Public colleges and universities in Georgia, Idaho and Nebraska are also considering drastic cost-cutting measures to make up for losses in state revenue.
December 2, 2008 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case that is the latest challenge to one of the ways teachers’ unions amass their political war chests.
November 12, 2008 – Education Week

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