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Governor:Paul LePage
Commissioner of Education:William Beardsley (acting)
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:183,777
Number of school districts:242
Number of public schools:619
Number of public school teachers:15,452
Unadjusted education spending per student:$12,147
Percent minority students:8.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.8%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.1%
Percent of English-language learners:2.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.1%
8th grade math:35.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.6%
8th grade reading:35.6%

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Gov. Paul LePage believes Maine has a glut of school superintendents and he intends to pressure districts into consolidating administrations with the two-year budget he will propose in early 2017.
October 5, 2016 – AP
Voters in Maine, Oregon, and other states are being asked to approve ballot measures that would use tax increases to increase the amount of money school districts receive each year.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts

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