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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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State legislators and the governor are under pressure to craft a new plan after the state’s high court strikes down a 2013 statute altering pensions for retired teachers.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
They are examining how emerging technologies facilitate new types of hands-on learning, and how technology can provide a window into students’ thinking.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
AASA, the School Superintendents Association, moves to end its partnership with the SUPES Academy, which has become embroiled in an FBI investigation into its $20.5 million no-bid contract with the Chicago public schools.
April 28, 2015 - Education Week

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