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Governor:Robert McDonnell
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Patricia I. Wright
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,251,440
Number of school districts:134
Number of public schools:2,175
Number of public school teachers:70,947
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,594
Percent minority students:45.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:36.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.0%
Percent of English-language learners:7.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.2%
8th grade math:38.1%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:43.2%
8th grade reading:36.3%

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