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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:29.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.8%
8th grade reading:35.5%

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Florida is wading into largely uncharted waters with an effort to fuel collaboration between regular public schools and charters, at a time when several big-city districts have sought similar ties.
October 15, 2014 – Education Week
Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist are both pledging greater financial support for schools in their close election contest.
October 15, 2014 – Education Week
Gwinnett County, Ga., and Orange County, Fla., were the two winners—and the only two finalists—for the prestigious Broad Urban Education Prize.
October 1, 2014 – Education Week
The Gwinnett County, Ga., and Orange County, Fla., school systems this year will share the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which recognizes school systems that improve academic achievement while narrowing achievement gaps.
September 22, 2014 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
From California to Maryland, schools are preparing for an unprecedented increase in the flow of Central American children and youths streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border and arriving alone.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
May 7, 2014 – Education Week
The Florida K-12 district was at odds with its 95 charter schools before Robert Runcie came along with an agenda for change and collaboration.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week
Early results suggest the new state policy, which targets the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in the Sunshine State, may be paying off.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
Despite a wave of measures abolishing the controversial disciplinary practice, many communities are still using paddles to curb student misbehavior.
October 23, 2013 – Education Week

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