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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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The Kansas board of education made good last week on its newest members' promise to return the concept of evolution to the state science standards, a move that was applauded by scientists around the country.
February 21, 2001 – Education Week
Public schools in Hoover, Ala., will begin testing student athletes for tobacco and alcohol use this week, under a controversial new policy that stretches student drug testing beyond the traditional focus of hard drugs.
September 20, 2000 – Education Week
Alabama Gov. Donald Siegelman claimed victory last week as the state legislature hammered out an 11th-hour deal to gradually increase teacher salaries to the national average and to end tenure for new principals. He is expected to sign the measures into law this week.
May 24, 2000 – Education Week
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February 9, 2000 – Education Week
Sometimes a game is just a game, but for one Alabama town whose high school was leveled by a tornado last year, the football team's success is a testimonial to the community's determination to carry on.
November 10, 1999 – Education Week
As an Oct. 12 vote nears on whether to create a state lottery for Alabama, both advocates and foes of the plan are looking no farther than neighboring Georgia to make their case.
October 6, 1999 – Education Week
Efforts to bring teacher testing back to Alabama have kicked up a storm of criticism in the Heart of Dixie this summer, even prompting a gag order against officials involved in the negotiations.
August 4, 1999 – Education Week
A federal appeals court ruling that a school district cannot be required to police religious expression by students is the latest volley in a long-running legal battle in DeKalb County, Ala.
August 4, 1999 – Education Week
The Alabama Association of School Boards is asking a judge to bar the legislature from sending more than $211 million in state education dollars to charities, private colleges, and education-related programs run by state agencies other than the education department.
Sandra Sims-degraffenreid
June 17, 1998 – Education Week
The outspoken school prayer proponent who is Alabama's incumbent governor hit at least a temporary roadblock last week in his quest to serve a second consecutive term in office.
Gov. Fob James
June 10, 1998 – Education Week

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