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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Kevin Huffman
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:987,422
Number of school districts:140
Number of public schools:1,784
Number of public school teachers:66,558
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,117
Percent minority students:32.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:27.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.6%
8th grade reading:33.1%

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Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.
April 16, 2014 - AP
Although the state board expected most teachers to clear the hurdle, the policy drew immediate opposition from the state teachers' union.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week
The lawsuit by the Tennessee Education Association calls the portion of the state teacher-evaluation system based on student test scores arbitrary and flawed.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week

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