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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 Broad Foundation honors the district as the nation’s 'best-kept secret' for the achievements of its overwhelmingly poor student population.
October 14, 2008 - Education Week
A formula that all high schools would have to use to calculate GPAs is encountering strong resistance from educators who fear it could discourage teenagers from taking challenging courses.
September 29, 2008 - Education Week
Dozens of Texas school districts are likely to be closed indefinitely as they struggle to recover from Hurricane Ike, which devastated the Gulf Coast and caused disruption into the Midwest.
September 23, 2008 - Education Week
Some Texas districts expect to be closed all week as officials seek to assess damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
September 16, 2008 - Education Week
A boom in providers that offer alternative routes to teacher credentials in Texas has sparked a move by the state to set higher standards for preparation programs.
September 12, 2008 - Education Week
Texas officials say that they are likely to appeal a federal court order telling the state it must, by the 2009-10 school year, revamp programs for English-language learners.
August 12, 2008 - Education Week
Deadlines are set for next year to improve programs for English-language learners, particularly at the secondary school level, but state officials say they will appeal.
July 29, 2008 - Education Week (Web)
The process has been made nettlesome at times, Texas educators and some state board members say, because of a sharp ideological divide on the 15-member state school board.
May 16, 2008 - Education Week
The 437 children taken from the Yearning for Zion Ranch compound in Eldorado, Texas, are being scattered to group homes and boys’ and girls’ ranches across the state.
May 1, 2008 - Education Week
The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board unanimously rejected a proposal by the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research that it be allowed to offer a Bible-based online master’s degree program to science teachers.
May 1, 2008 - Education Week

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