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Governor:Gina Raimondo
Commissioner of Education:Ken Wagner
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:142,008
Number of school districts:57
Number of public schools:304
Number of public school teachers:9,824
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,415
Percent minority students:37.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.4%
Percent of English-language learners:6.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:37.5%
8th grade math:32.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.1%
8th grade reading:34.8%

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