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Governor:Susana Martinez
Secretary of Education:Hanna Skandera
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:338,122
Number of school districts:128
Number of public schools:862
Number of public school teachers:22,437
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,621
Percent minority students:74.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:67.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:15.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:30.6%
8th grade math:22.7%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:21.5%
8th grade reading:22.2%

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