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Governor:Bev Perdue
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:June Atkinson
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,490,605
Number of school districts:216
Number of public schools:2,567
Number of public school teachers:98,357
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,225
Percent minority students:46.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:50.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.4%
Percent of English-language learners:6.9%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:45.2%
8th grade math:36.3%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.2%
8th grade reading:32.6%

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