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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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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
Drawing on data for more than 1 million Texas schoolchildren, a new study reveals that more than half of those students were suspended at least once in middle or high school and schools varied widely in how they meted out those punishments.
July 19, 2011 - Education Week
Who sues kids for cyberbullying? A Houston lawyer does when his daughter becomes the target of a nasty video posted on Facebook, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Texas.
June 17, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
After passing a budget, legislators are called back into special session over the state’s school funding funding.
June 3, 2011 - Education Week
More Texas students have been suspended or expelled than have not, according to a forthcoming study of state trends on school discipline.
May 26, 2011 - Education Week
Investment managers for the state's teacher retirement fund received more than $8.2 million in bonus payments this year, more than double what top employees in every other state agency combined have received since 2007, a Dallas Morning News analysis has found.
April 25, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
A Texas district employs an intensive professional development method to help regular educators engage English-language learners.
April 4, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

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