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Governor:Christopher Christie
Acting Commissioner of Education:Christopher D. Cerf
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,398,878
Number of school districts:557
Number of public schools:2,607
Number of public school teachers:110,202
Unadjusted education spending per student:$17,379
Percent minority students:48.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:31.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:49.4%
8th grade math:48.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:41.9%
8th grade reading:46.3%

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