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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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October 7, 2014 - Education Week
The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
Experts say that fiber-optic cable is still the "gold standard" for providing schools with high-speed connections to the Internet, but for many districts, accessing complete fiber networks remains a challenge.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Re-elected Republican Chris Christie, in New Jersey, and Democratic Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, in Virginia, each must deal with state legislatures controlled by the opposite party.
November 11, 2013 - Education Week
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October 29, 2013 - Education Week
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September 30, 2013 - Education Week
Local school boards in Virginia gear up for a legal fight against a new law creating a state-run K-12 district for low-performing schools.
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
The Old Dominion is the fourth state to create an entity to turn around its lowest-performing schools.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week

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