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Governor:Brian Schweitzer
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Denise Juneau
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:141,693
Number of school districts:419
Number of public schools:827
Number of public school teachers:10,361
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,565
Percent minority students:18.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.8%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:45.0%
8th grade math:39.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:34.7%
8th grade reading:40.3%

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January 14, 2014 - Education Week
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January 14, 2014 - Education Week
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July 6, 2011 - Education Week
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February 10, 2009 - Education Week
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 12, 2006 - Education Week
As a series of recent high-profile cases have shown, more than ever, school finance plaintiffs are finding it is easier to win at trial than in the lobbies of the state capitol.
April 5, 2005 - Education Week
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November 16, 2004 - Education Week

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