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Governor:Pat Quinn
Superintendent of Education:Christopher Koch
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,090,403
Number of school districts:872
Number of public schools:4,361
Number of public school teachers:132,983
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,739
Percent minority students:48.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:44.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.5%
Percent of English-language learners:8.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.1%
8th grade math:36.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.5%
8th grade reading:36.2%

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A new study also finds that nearly one-third of students who didn't choose one of the district's "welcoming schools" opted for lower-performing schools than the ones they left behind.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
The unique school governance model that gave local parent-majority boards power to hire and fire principals has had some of its authority diluted over the years.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
School funding, class size, and governance are among the issues facing voters on various education-focused state initiatives, referendums, and amendments.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Report is the third post mortem on last year's closures, which shut down 49 schools and affected nearly 12,000 students.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Schools and districts now have until Aug. 31 to opt for a new federal provision that allows them to serve free meals to all students.
June 30, 2014 - Education Week
For a few districts, the school nutrition rules set to take effect July 1 are just too tough to swallow.
June 11, 2014 - Education Week
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
The candidates include a Democratic incumbent who's angered teachers' unions over pensions and a Republican hopeful they view as a threat to public workers' rights.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week

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