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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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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
It remains unclear how long Texas state officials will be responsible for the schooling of the 416 children removed from a polygamist group's compound.
April 22, 2008 - Education Week
The transfer of children from a polygamist group’s compound to state care in Texas has handed officials there the challenges of providing for their education.
April 17, 2008 - Education Week (Web)
Independent studies of the nation's largest performance-pay system suggest that the state-backed plans could be having positive effects on teacher attitudes.
March 7, 2008 - Education Week
New ways of paying teachers launched by districts such as Denver and Houston are alone unlikely to produce the sweeping change that is needed on the compensation front, a report from the National Governors Association says.
February 8, 2008 - Education Week
More teachers getting compensation based on nontraditional factors.
February 8, 2008 - Education Week

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