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Governor:Rick Perry
Commissioner of Education:Robert Scott
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:4,934,366
Number of school districts:1,239
Number of public schools:8,732
Number of public school teachers:334,997
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,788
Percent minority students:68.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:50.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.0%
Percent of English-language learners:15.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.1%
8th grade math:37.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.5%
8th grade reading:30.8%

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Undeterred by problems experienced by other school systems attempting to equip students with digital devices, the district began distributing more than 18,000 laptops.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week
Texas Democrat Wendy Davis highlighted education in announcing for governor. The issue could play big next year as dozens of states face gubernatorial elections.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week
Though it's shunned Race to the Top and common core, Texas has joined the federal waiver pack, getting flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
October 8, 2013 - Education Week
San Antonio's $248 million program for preschoolers from poor and working-class families is off to a mostly smooth start, even as administrators do some fine-tuning.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
The district was commended for raising student achievement, increasing the graduation rate, narrowing academic gaps for low-income and Hispanic students, and improving college-readiness.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
A fierce fight over state-developed lesson plans used by hundreds of Texas districts echoes the national debate over new common-core content.
September 20, 2013 - Education Week
Around the country, schools and community groups are moving beyond dropout prevention to recover the students who have already left.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Tough work continues in assuring everyone is on board in a Texas city with 15 independent school districts.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
Buoyed by a local tax, the Texas city aims to open an unusual and ambitious public preschool program in August.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
Proposed legislation would lower the number of end-of-course exams as well as the number of core courses students must take.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week

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