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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:39.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.1%
8th grade reading:43.8%

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February 16, 2000 – Education Week
A decade after they first filed Connecticut's closely watched school desegregation lawsuit, the plaintiffs in the case known as Sheff v. O'Neill have been told to give it more time.
March 10, 1999 – Education Week
This year, teachers in Middletown, Conn., are learning how to improve their students' literacy skills at a new district training center.
February 10, 1999 – Education Week
The Superior Court in Middletown, Conn., this month has provided the latest forum for a familiar argument over whether the state has done enough to ease educational inequities.
September 23, 1998 – Education Week
The Hartford, Conn., schools' state-appointed management team jettisoned one of the last vestiges of the district's once locally elected board last week by arranging the exit of Superintendent Patricia Daniel.
May 27, 1998 – Education Week
With the constant stream of reports and recommendations about education reform, it's tempting to wonder whether anybody's listening.
May 20, 1998 – Education Week

The mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., who is widely regarded as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has taken on the teachers' union in his city and in the process angered its state affiliate, whose support could help his bid for statewide election.

February 25, 1998 – Education Week

Laura Robertson loves basketball. And growing up in the shadow of the women's basketball powerhouse at the University of Connecticut, the 14-year-old has big basketball dreams--high school stardom, a college scholarship, and perhaps even a stint with the Women's National Basketball Association.

January 14, 1998 – Education Week

Connecticut high school student Ben Smilowitz wants to give students in his state a voice in state education policy. So the 16-year-old from West Hartford has written a bill to create a student seat on the state board of education.

September 17, 1997 – Education Week

While Hartford public schools student Milo Sheff spent last week getting ready for his senior prom, Connecticut lawmakers were crafting their answer to the school desegregation case that bears his name.

June 11, 1997 – Education Week

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