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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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"The capability to analyze and evaluate scientific explanations is one of the primary skills required of the scientist, not the high school student of science," writes Jonathan Osborne.
August 31, 2009 - Education Week
In a state with a history of ideological battles over curriculum, those preparing new standards wrestle with who and what to include.
August 17, 2009 - Education Week
Lawmakers toughened graduation requirements and lifted a mandate that districts spend 65 percent of their operating budgets in the classroom.
June 26, 2009 - Education Week
In public school science classrooms, discussions about science should not be constrained by self-imposed definitions within science.
April 28, 2009 - Education Week
Pat Forgione had no experience running a school district before he arrived in Austin, Texas. As he prepares to depart 10 years later, he earns high marks from a once-skeptical city.
April 24, 2009 - Education Week
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April 7, 2009 - Education Week

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