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Governor:Doug Ducey
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Diane Douglas
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,111,695
Number of school districts:715
Number of public schools:2,416
Number of public school teachers:48,124
Unadjusted education spending per student:$7,528
Percent minority students:60.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.8%
Percent of English-language learners:6.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:33.9%
8th grade math:33.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.4%
8th grade reading:30.5%

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Democrat special education teacher and political novice Kathy Hoffman has won the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, beating an experienced Republican politician.
November 13, 2018 – AP
The loss by Democrat David Garcia was a blow to education advocates who hoped to ride a national tide of teacher activism and unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
November 6, 2018 – Education Week
The Arizona State Board of Education will adopt revised history and social science standards that affirm the teaching of evolution.
October 23, 2018 – AP
Taking a puff off an electronic cigarette won't be a popular activity among Arizona's youth if state health officials have anything to say about it.
October 21, 2018 – AP
Drawing confidence from polling data and a swell in support for teacher raises, Democrats in states like Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma gamble that taxpayers are willing to pay more to boost education aid.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
In states with recent strikes and protests, individual teachers—some of them in their 20's and most of them with little or no organizing experience—have taken charge of the grassroots push for higher pay and more school funding.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Union leaders in West Virginia and Oklahoma, where recent teacher strikes led to higher pay, are advising their peers in Arizona and other states on the keys to successful protests.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Grossly underpaid teachers are taking drastic action to demand the respectable salaries they deserve, writes Donald R. Sheldon.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week

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