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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 handful of school districts have taken aggressive steps in response to potential Ebola exposure, but public health officials and infectious disease specialists are urging more minor precautionary measures to address the virus threat.
October 29, 2014 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
By systematically implementing, testing, tweaking, and expanding a new support program for novice teachers, Austin educators are aiming to apply research for an immediate impact on the classroom.
September 17, 2014 – Education Week
From California to Maryland, schools are preparing for an unprecedented increase in the flow of Central American children and youths streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border and arriving alone.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
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 5, 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 16, 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 9, 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 2, 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 2, 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 25, 2013 – Education Week

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