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Governor:Deval Patrick
Commissioner of Education:Mitchell D. Chester
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:954,648
Number of school districts:392
Number of public schools:1,829
Number of public school teachers:68,754
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,699
Percent minority students:32.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:34.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.5%
Percent of English-language learners:5.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:58.4%
8th grade math:54.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:47.5%
8th grade reading:48.2%

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Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week
The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The Baltimore and Boston initiatives come amid an influx of money into the ed-tech sector for the development of digital curricula, assessment products, and other offerings.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
There is a game of educational pinball currently being played in the schools of Massachusetts and, I suspect, elsewhere, that in the long run will be more detrimental to education than any financial burdens imposed by such tax-limitation measures as Massachusetts' Proposition 2. It is the practice--especially prevalent in the secondary schools--of "bumping," a practice in which teachers with greater seniority and a larger number of areas of certification lay claim to the positions of their less senior but better academically prepared colleagues. Many collective-bargaining agreements between teachers and school committees permit this practice.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Concerns over costs and student privacy have spurred districts in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio to withdraw from the federal school improvement program.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
Parents still can't find out how many staffers with rap sheets the Boston Public Schools hired this year—even after city education honchos vowed to be more transparent in the wake of startling revelations that dozens of employees had criminal records.
December 23, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune
With both school systems under mayoral control, Bill de Blasio and Martin J. Walsh are well-positioned to make good on campaign pledges for K-12 changes in their cities.
November 11, 2013 - Education Week

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