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Governor:Charlie Baker
Commissioner of Education:Mitchell D. Chester
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:955,844
Number of school districts:414
Number of public schools:1,889
Number of public school teachers:71,859
Unadjusted education spending per student:$15,087
Percent minority students:36.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:39.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.9%
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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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
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

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