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Governor:Bruce Rauner
Superintendent of Education:Tony Smith
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,063,307
Number of school districts:865
Number of public schools:4,204
Number of public school teachers:136,355
Unadjusted education spending per student:$12,288
Percent minority students:49.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:36.6%
8th grade math:32.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.5%
8th grade reading:35.1%

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May 16, 2016 - Education Week
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May 9, 2016 - Education Week

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