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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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Some critics want the controversial social studies standards revisited, as well as to rein in the state school board’s authority.
June 9, 2010 – Education Week
The school system has agreed to pay $850,000 as part of a civil settlement.
March 17, 2010 – Education Week
Justices refuse to hear a challenge to a Texas school district's dress code, a Kentucky tax case, and a teacher-testing case.
January 20, 2010 – Education Week
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals spent 10 months deliberating on the suit filed by NEA and nine school districts.
October 28, 2009 – Education Week
Central-office support, access to the full curriculum, and teacher training help urban districts educate English-learners, a report finds.
October 28, 2009 – Education Week
Scholars say students need chances to speak in class and to find a "personal voice" in the new language.
October 21, 2009 – Education Week
The state school board tells writers to reinstate holidays and give more prominence to minority figures in the social studies standards.
September 30, 2009 – Education Week

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