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Governor:Chris Gregoire
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Randy Dorn
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,043,640
Number of school districts:294
Number of public schools:2,338
Number of public school teachers:53,934
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,497
Percent minority students:37.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.3%
Percent of English-language learners:8.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:48.4%
8th grade math:41.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.7%
8th grade reading:41.7%

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From ballot measures with funding implications to high-profile mayoral races, school issues factored into a number of state and local races.
November 4, 2009 - Education Week
Lawmakers recently passed a bill designed to redefine ‘basic education’ for the first time since 1979.
May 15, 2009 - Education Week
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
March 23, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is retooling its precollegiate approach and launching a push to double college-completion rates.
November 18, 2008 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to more than double the proportion of low-income young adults who earn a college credential or degree by age 26, and to accomplish that by 2025.
November 14, 2008 - Education Week
Randy Dorn, who takes over after beating the incumbent Nov. 4, has called the Washington Assessment of Student learning “deeply flawed.”
November 14, 2008 - Education Week

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