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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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The big questions are how to pay for the $60 billion initiative proposed by President Barack Obama and whether the Republican-controlled Congress will approve it.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts
Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a federal preschool grant that would have tripled the number of children enrolled in early-education classes in four years, according to the state’s application.
December 18, 2014 - Education Week
Over the past three years, the state has invested heavily in common-core training for teachers, but has recently signaled a weaker commitment to the standards amid rising opposition.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
Kevin Huffman gained prominence for policy positions as Tennessee's education commissioner, but he also clashed with state lawmakers and local superintendents.
November 20, 2014 - Education Week
Depending on which party takes control of the chamber, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., or Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is seen as most likely to helm the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week

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