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Governor:Greg Abbott
Commissioner of Education:Mike Morath
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:5,152,591
Number of school districts:1,229
Number of public schools:8,748
Number of public school teachers:334,580
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,299
Percent minority students:70.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:60.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:8.6%
Percent of English-language learners:15.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:44.0%
8th grade math:32.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.6%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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A network of early-college high schools on the Texas border is nudging first-generation students onto the path to college.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
A divided high court hears oral arguments over the Obama administration’s program to give protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
GOP presidential candidate and first-term Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has slammed the Common Core State Standards and made support for charter schools and vouchers a top legislative priority.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
The unexpected vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court comes with several disputes being closely watched by K-12 educators—including one involving union fees—still pending.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
The growth in the number of small, personalized, and more affordable "micro schools" is seen as the first innovation in the private school sector in decades.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Among other new initiatives, the famously protective organization has quietly begun devolving more authority to its 52 regions, some of which are pushing the boundaries of the group's model.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
After miscalculating expected revenues, lawmakers in a number of mineral-dependent states are preparing to debate alternative sources of funding for state school aid.
January 13, 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.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
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November 11, 2015 – Education Week

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