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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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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
Connecticut could wind up with one of the country's most far-reaching student-transfer programs as officials try to eliminate racial imbalances between urban schools and their suburban neighbors.
December 4, 1996 – Education Week
Connecticut education officials last week outlined a far-reaching blueprint for resuscitating Hartfords ailing public schools, following a five-month study that laid bare severe problems in virtually all areas of the system.
November 13, 1996 – Education Week

Milo Sheff starts his senior year next month, on track to graduate from the Hartford, Conn., schools well before the desegregation case filed in his name begins to change their racial makeup.

August 7, 1996 – Education Week
May 24, 1995 – Education Week
Rebuffing a novel legal argument with potentially broad implications, a judge ruled last week that the Connecticut constitution does not obligate the state to remedy school segregation it did not cause.
April 19, 1995 – Education Week

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