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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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Drawing confidence from polling data and a swell in support for teacher raises, Democrats in states like Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma gamble that taxpayers are willing to pay more to boost education aid.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
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
A longtime security guard at Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach was arrested on the first day of school after an anonymous tip led deputies to find a gun in his SUV, according to an arrest report.
August 17, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
The state law passed after the Parkland massacre calls for a new “integrated data repository” that’s raising questions about privacy and civil liberties.
July 26, 2018 – Education Week
Ready or not, technologies such as online surveys, big data, and wearable devices are already being used to measure, monitor, and modify students' emotions and mindsets.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Two months before the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, a retired Secret Service agent warned administrators that the school could be vulnerable to a gunman.
June 11, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
In some of the hottest real estate markets, principals can't afford to buy homes. Some districts aim to bridge the gaps between salaries and housing costs.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Two of the largest states are still awaiting approval from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on their plans for putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
During an emotional public safety forum in Broward County, Fla., shaken students and enraged parents and educators demanded fixes for what they consider lax security, district indifference, and failure to act to prevent the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
In a major expansion of Florida's private school choice, state lawmakers approved a measure that will allow students who are bullied, harassed, or attacked in their public schools to use taxpayer funded vouchers to attend a private school.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week

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