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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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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
In a move that follows similar action in several other states, the Oregon Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill last week that would largely free home-schooled students from state regulation.
April 30, 2003 - Education Week
This month, researchers at the University of Oregon are unveiling the results of a project aimed at helping students overcome the traditional divide between success at the K-12 level and the expectations of universities.
March 5, 2003 - Education Week
After months of belt-tightening amid the state's worst recession in 50 years, Oregon schools lost out on a potential infusion of $95 million when voters last week soundly rejected a proposal for a temporary, three-year increase in state income taxes.
February 5, 2003 - Education Week

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