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Governor:Gary Herbert
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Larry K. Shumway
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:585,552
Number of school districts:118
Number of public schools:1,016
Number of public school teachers:25,677
Unadjusted education spending per student:$6,452
Percent minority students:22.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.0%
Percent of English-language learners:7.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:44.0%
8th grade math:36.2%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.0%
8th grade reading:39.2%

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Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
June 23, 2014 - Education Week
A Salt Lake City cafeteria worker's decision to take school lunches away from students with unpaid lunch bills has prompted a call for federal guidance on how to handle students' debts.
February 13, 2014 | Updated: February 25, 2014 - Education Week
A pair of major investors are betting that expanding a Utah preschool program will reduce special education costs.
August 6, 2013 | Updated: August 16, 2013 - Education Week
As the once-unthinkable idea of arming teachers gains traction, some districts offer insights on what's involved when employees bring weapons to school.
February 15, 2013 - Education Week
Delaware and Utah are funding foreign-language instruction at the elementary level in hopes of fostering achievement and economic growth.
November 30, 2012 - Education Week
Dissatisfied with what was available, Utah educators are producing high school math e-textbooks they aim to align with the standards.
September 25, 2012 - Education Week
Several states have enacted laws that require more choices for students who want to try taking courses online, outside the offerings of brick-and-mortar schools.
August 27, 2012 - Education Week
As gubernatorial campaigns heat up around the country, K-12 policy feeds into the fight, though specifics vary state to state.
April 12, 2012 - Education Week
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 23, 2012 | Updated: September 11, 2012 - Education Week

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