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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 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
The Lone Star State will begin tests of student-athletes this spring.
January 17, 2008 - Education Week
A Texas program designed to improve the skills of prekindergarten teachers has yet to provide enough evidence to prove it is effectively preparing youngsters for school, an evaluation finds.
January 3, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Education Week
The head of the Texas agency responsible for deciding whether to approve a Bible-based master’s degree in science education says the review, though favorable so far, has miles to go.
January 2, 2008 | Updated: April 7, 2012 - Education Week
State officials have rejected one of the most widely used elementary textbooks in the country in that subject.
December 18, 2007 - Education Week

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