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Governor:Christopher Christie
Commissioner of Education:David D. Hespe
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,370,295
Number of school districts:673
Number of public schools:2,508
Number of public school teachers:114,581
Unadjusted education spending per student:$17,572
Percent minority students:50.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.1%
Percent of English-language learners:4.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:46.9%
8th grade math:46.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:42.8%
8th grade reading:40.6%

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A New Jersey town's school board has adopted a medical marijuana policy that falls in line with recent legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie.
December 1, 2016 – AP
The New Jersey Department of Education is considering loosening the cap on superintendents' salaries by increasing the amount they could be paid annually.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
A Newark, N.J., complex’s ties to charter schools has created tensions in the district.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week

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