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Governor:Doug Ducey
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Kathy Hoffman
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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August 24, 2016 – Education Week
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January 20, 2016 – Education Week
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January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
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December 9, 2015 – Education Week
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November 11, 2015 – Education Week
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November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Three competing proposals for increasing the K-12 budget all seek to help reverse the state's downward slide on public school spending.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
By building on its Navajo students' culture, the STAR School is giving some graduates the confidence to seek a college education far from home.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 – Education Week
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June 10, 2015 – Education Week

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