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Governor:Terry McAuliffe
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Steven R. Staples
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,273,825
Number of school districts:134
Number of public schools:2,166
Number of public school teachers:90,098
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,960
Percent minority students:47.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:39.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.3%
8th grade math:37.6%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:42.9%
8th grade reading:35.9%

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October 5, 2016 – Education Week
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August 24, 2016 – Education Week
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August 3, 2016 – Education Week
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January 27, 2016 – Education Week
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January 20, 2016 – Education Week
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