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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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Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
May 20, 2015 – Education Week
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts.
February 18, 2015 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Midterm elections and forceful advocacy efforts could reverse long-held resistance in Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
A new report finds that 40 states saw increases in the number of homeless students in the 2011-12 school year—some by 20 percent or more.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
The Huntsville, Ala., city school system, like the Los Angeles district, is relying on Pearson to ease its transition to digital curriculum and 1-to-1 technology.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
A tax-credit-based scholarship program and implementation of common core are proving politically divisive.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week
A federal appeals court panel strikes down an Alabama immigration-law provision as unconstitutional.
August 29, 2012 – Education Week

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