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Governor:John Hickenlooper
Commissioner of Education:Katy Anthes
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:889,006
Number of school districts:262
Number of public schools:1,872
Number of public school teachers:51,388
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,985
Percent minority students:45.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:41.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.4%
Percent of English-language learners:12.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.4%
8th grade math:38.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.9%
8th grade reading:40.5%

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Teachers and other education advocates hope that tax-wary voters will be willing to approve an amendment that would pour more than $1.6 billion more into schools each year.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
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

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