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Governor:John Kitzhaber
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Susan Castillo
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:560,983
Number of school districts:200
Number of public schools:1,296
Number of public school teachers:28,109
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,268
Percent minority students:33.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.1%
Percent of English-language learners:10.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:34.3%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.4%
8th grade reading:36.7%

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The state last week sued Vantage Learning after the vendor shut down access to assessments on the Web.
March 20, 2007 - 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
Even with growing demand and the prospect of new federal and state aid for improving foreign-language instruction, expanding offerings is especially difficult because of a shortage of qualified teachers in what are deemed critical languages, many experts say.
March 28, 2006 - Education Week
Though Oregon’s economy is looking up, a recent boycott of education budget sessions by Republican lawmakers signals that this year could provide another bare-knuckled debate over K-12 funding.
April 19, 2005 - Education Week
Voters in two Ohio cities sent very different messages to their school districts on Election Day.
November 9, 2004 - Education Week
Oregon parents who are not paying their children’s school fees might regret it come the end of the 2004-05 school year, when the schools withhold their children’s report cards or diplomas.
June 9, 2004 - Education Week
A hard-won $384 million local tax measure that benefits some cash-strapped Oregon school districts and social-services programs may disappear if anti-tax activists can put the issue in front of voters once again.
April 21, 2004 - Education Week
Oregon voters last week defeated a measure to shore up school spending, the second statewide victory claimed in recent months by national conservative activists who promise to stamp out state tax increases wherever the issue arises.
February 11, 2004 - Education Week
Whether it's buying Honeycrisp organic apples, hardback books, a candle-lit dinner, or even a new Chevrolet, Oregonians are finding new ways to subsidize their cash-strapped schools.
November 19, 2003 - Education Week
Several Oregon districts have turned to local tax payers to provide basic services for their schools. But for some, losses at the polls make for a gloomy future.
June 4, 2003 - Education Week

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