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Governor:Nikki Haley
State Superintendent of Education:Mick Zais
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:725,838
Number of school districts:89
Number of public schools:1,214
Number of public school teachers:45,210
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,080
Percent minority students:46.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:5.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:36.0%
8th grade math:25.7%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.5%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 26, 2016 - Education Week
After the violent arrest of an uncooperative South Carolina student, advocates want changes to statutes they say allow students to be arrested for offenses that may not be a crime off school grounds.
January 26, 2016 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
December 30, 2015 - Quality Counts
The civil disobedience displayed by an activist in removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol last month should serve as a "battle call" for educators, writes professor Jon N. Hale.
July 16, 2015 - Education Week

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