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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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A Texas school district is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple tablet computers in a move that could make it the largest iPad program for students in the United States.
June 13, 2012 - Digital Directions
Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for the common core.
June 5, 2012 - Education Week
A cultural emphasis on loyalty to family leads some Latinas to pass on college or only pick schools close to home.
June 1, 2012 - Education Week
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 23, 2012 | Updated: September 11, 2012 - Education Week
The McAllen Independent School District is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple tablet computers in a move that could make it the largest iPads program for students in the U.S.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
With its Apollo 20 program, the Houston district set out to bring the best charter school ideas to its lowest-performing schools.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week
Houston's interim staff-review process has put an immediate focus on effective teaching, Terry Grier writes.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
Philanthropies play a valuable and innovative role in schools, particularly in tight budget times, Heather Zavadsky writes.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
A new study pits the common-core standards against those of California, Massachusetts, Texas, the International Baccalaureate, and a college-based set.
October 26, 2011 - Education Week
Arguments over requiring young girls to get vaccinated for the human papillomavirus were nearly extinguished—until Republican presidential contenders attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a 2007 executive order that would have made the vaccine mandatory for 6th grade girls.
September 22, 2011 - Education Week

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