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Governor:Muriel Bowser (Mayor)
Superintendent of Education:Hanseul Kang
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:80,958
Number of school districts:73
Number of public schools:270
Number of public school teachers:6,565
Unadjusted education spending per student:$18,485
Percent minority students:90.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:92.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.5%
8th grade math:20.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.7%
8th grade reading:19.9%

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September 3, 2019 – Education Week
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August 31, 2019 – AP
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April 17, 2019 – Education Week
After weathering a political storm over the Trump administration's proposed budget at the end of March, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continued her run of public appearances into April, and got widely varied reactions from state education leaders and from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
With an intensive blend of academic and social-emotional supports, the Higher Achievement after-school program is helping middle schoolers in under-resourced communities land a spot in top public and private high schools near their homes.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts

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