South Carolina

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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:35.1%
8th grade math:30.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.2%
8th grade reading:29.3%

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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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June 10, 2015 - Education Week
The state's home-grown replacement for the common core has earned support from a broad spectrum of K-12 and higher education leaders, state officials say.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week

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