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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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Though used by most schools to identify students needing help learning English, the surveys may often be inaccurate, researchers say.
August 25, 2010 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
The state schools chief wants the civil rights researchers' data—including the names of study participants—for use in a court case over Arizona's approach to educating English-language learners.
August 12, 2010 – Education Week
The state schools chief says ethnic studies classes violate a new law and threatens to cut aid to the district.
August 11, 2010 – Education Week
The cash-strapped state scrambled to pass reform laws and raise its chances of winning a share of $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds.
July 29, 2010 – Education Week
Studies warn the state's policies could widen academic gaps between English-language learners and their mainstream peers.
July 14, 2010 – Education Week
Studies warn that academic gaps between English-language learners and other students may grow as a result of the state’s policy that ELLs be separated into classes for four hours a day.
July 8, 2010 – Education Week
Civil rights lawyer Khin Mai Aung writes on Arizona's less-publicized spring controversy: the state education department’s citations to districts that hired English-language-learning teachers with Spanish accents.
July 2, 2010 – Education Week
Experts see a potential conflict between the law and a Supreme Court ruling that bars schools from asking about immigration status.
June 16, 2010 – Education Week
At issue is whether tax credits for donations to groups that provide private school scholarships unconstitutionally advance religion.
June 9, 2010 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
A ban on courses designed primarily for students of a particular ethnicity sparks controversy as the state copes with protests over a tough, new immigration law.
May 19, 2010 – Education Week

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