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Governor:Ned Lamont
Commissioner of Education:Dianna R. Wentzell
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:542,678
Number of school districts:205
Number of public schools:1,310
Number of public school teachers:42,062
Unadjusted education spending per student:$17,745
Percent minority students:42.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.5%
Percent of English-language learners:6.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.9%
8th grade math:36.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:42.7%
8th grade reading:43.8%

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The months following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School were filled with emotional responses from victims' family members and influential educational and political leaders. See a sampling of what they've had to say.
December 11, 2013 – Education Week
Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana Grace was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, writes about the courage of teachers.
September 18, 2013 – Education Week
Despite experience leading other big-city districts in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, Paul G. Vallas faces questions on his qualifications in his current post.
August 7, 2013 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
As Newtown, Conn., administrators are learning, school leaders walk a delicate tightrope in helping their schools find "a new normal" in the wake of a shooting tragedy.
December 20, 2012 – Education Week
Some public officials argue that armed school workers could help prevent killings, but others raise legal and practical concerns.
December 19, 2012 – Education Week
Whether in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, or following other personal losses, it's critical to help children work through grief, Bonnie Rubenstein writes.
December 17, 2012 – Education Week
Schools are reviewing security procedures, increasing police presence, and grappling with students’ questions three days after a massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school left 26 students and staff members dead.
December 17, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
July 10, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
Some states hiked education aid in recent legislative sessions, but other K-12 issues also competed for lawmakers' attention.
May 23, 2012 – Education Week
School Improvement Grant recipients are anxious about sustaining gains once the funds run out.
April 18, 2012 – Education Week

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