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Governor:Charlie Baker
Commissioner of Education:Mitchell D. Chester
Quality Counts state grade:B+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:955,739
Number of school districts:408
Number of public schools:1,865
Number of public school teachers:70,490
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,515
Percent minority students:34.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.5%
Percent of English-language learners:7.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:53.9%
8th grade math:50.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:49.7%
8th grade reading:45.7%

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The state will keep its status as one of the most restrictive states when it comes to the expansion of the charter school sector.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
A ballot measure that would ease restrictions on charter school expansion has drawn deep-pocketed supporters and opponents.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Eight states will work to create standards and policies for how to teach social and relational skills in K-12 schools.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
More than 2,000 parents, educators, residents, and students have offered their views on how to reshape the city's high schools.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week

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