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Governor:Kay Ivey
State Superintendent of Education :Eric Mackey
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:744,164
Number of school districts:179
Number of public schools:1,659
Number of public school teachers:42,737
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,028
Percent minority students:43.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.2%
8th grade math:20.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.4%
8th grade reading:27.7%

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Concerns about local school systems can pose recruitment and retention hurdles for the armed services as they seek to meet the needs of military families.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Court-ordered school desegregation has been more successful in the South than in any other region of the country, but researchers have noted a new threat: the growing number of communities that are seceding from larger school districts to form their own.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
State Board of Education members weighed in today about a proposal to eliminate their elected positions and replace the board with an appointed commission.
July 10, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Alabama
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Districts in multiple states criticized for being "overzealous" in pursuing felony charges against students who breached school networks in order to change grades.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts

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