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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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At least 15 states since 2012 have taken legislative action—such as waiving regulations and setting up innovation zones—to encourage personalized learning.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
Florida and other states say "English-only" laws prevent them from providing state tests to English-learners in their native language even though ESSA urges them to do so.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
As Puerto Rican families leave their devastated homeland for the mainland, school districts are preparing to take in students and offer jobs to teachers.
October 13, 2017 – Education Week
School leaders and teachers in districts upended by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have relied on Twitter, Facebook, and learning platforms to get messages and academic lessons to families and students.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
K-12 schools made up the majority of emergency shelters in Florida during Hurricane Irma, with school district officials often taking the lead on operations that provided refuge to tens of thousands of evacuees.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
A draft proposal targets requirements in the federal K-12 law dealing with disadvantaged and historically underperforming students and already has drawn fierce pushback from civil rights advocates.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
Educators and researchers are finding that digital games can boost math performance for children as early as preschool.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
A growing number of 'teen science cafes' across the country offer a way for students to ask questions of real scientists in an out-of-school setting.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Researchers at the recent American Educational Research Association summit discussed findings on socioeconomic disparities in how K-12 technology is used, and ed-tech's potential as a tool for social justice.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week

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