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Governor:Henry McMaster
State Superintendent of Education:Molly Spearman
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:756,523
Number of school districts:102
Number of public schools:1,269
Number of public school teachers:49,475
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,732
Percent minority students:47.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:36.0%
8th grade math:25.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.5%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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The worst-performing school district in South Carolina says in a lawsuit that the state education chief unconstitutionally seized control from the locally elected board in the state's latest takeover of the district.
June 21, 2017 – AP

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