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Governor:Ron DeSantis
Commissioner of Education:Richard Corcoran
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:30.6%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.7%
8th grade reading:35.5%

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Educational Opportunities and Performance in Florida
This Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 22, 2020 – Quality Counts
For communities with significant numbers of Latino and immigrant residents, the barriers to an accurate 2020 Census count are high—and so are the stakes for their schools, which could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if counts are inaccurate.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Ron DeSantis had a thin record on K-12 issues as a Florida congressman, but as a first-term Republican governor he’s pushed an aggressive agenda on issues such as vouchers, teacher salaries and bonus pay, and even the common core.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
Prodded by new state laws, a growing number of schools are using threat assessment techniques drawn from law enforcement to sift out a serious threat from one that might be better handled through counseling or mediation, or other means.
September 4, 2019 – Education Week
Sheriff Gregory Tony has unveiled the Real Time Crime Center, designed to anticipate and/or react to threats by monitoring 10,000 cameras in more than 260 public school and administrative buildings.
August 15, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
After of a mandate approved by the State Board of Education, public schools in Florida will have to provide students at least five hours of mental health instruction starting in sixth grade.
July 18, 2019 – Education Week
More high school students than ever are graduating, and a new report suggests that’s not due to lowered standards—it’s because students are actually learning more.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Florida’s efforts to expand digital surveillance of students in the name of school safety have been delayed amid privacy concerns, legal questions, and bureaucratic snafus, an Education Week investigation found.
May 30, 2019 – Education Week
A bill prohibiting anti-Semitism in Florida's public schools and universities is going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
May 3, 2019 – AP
New research suggests that students who’ve learned about media literacy and participatory politics in school are more likely to take part in political activity online.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week

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