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Governor:Rick Scott
Commissioner of Education:Pam Stewart
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,756,944
Number of school districts:76
Number of public schools:4,517
Number of public school teachers:180,442
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,755
Percent minority students:59.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:9.2%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.5%
8th grade math:29.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.8%
8th grade reading:35.5%

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A government watchdog group called Florida's growing system of privately-run public charter schools wasteful and said it sometimes gives rise to self-dealing and profiteering.
September 18, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Does Florida give enough money to its public schools, or not? That debate still rages, and is shaping up to be an issue in the governor’s race.
September 11, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Despite repeated requests from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, legislative leaders have officially refused to steer $58 million to school districts to help them hire more campus police officers.
September 8, 2018 – AP

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