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Governor:J.B. Pritzker
Superintendent of Education:Carmen Ayala
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,050,239
Number of school districts:1,071
Number of public schools:4,257
Number of public school teachers:132,456
Unadjusted education spending per student:$13,077
Percent minority students:50.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.4%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.6%
8th grade math:32.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.2%
8th grade reading:36.1%

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An Illinois Human Rights Commission finding that a suburban Chicago school district's policy regarding transgender students' use of locker rooms was discriminatory could help the chances of a challenge to a similar policy in a nearby suburb.
July 26, 2019 – AP
The summer job, long an entry-level rite of passage into the working world for teenagers, is becoming obsolete.
July 25, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Municipal leaders in both Chicago and New York are seeking arrangements that are less reliant on assigning local police officers to work in schools.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Arts experiences—like singing in a choir or drawing graffiti—can open students to new ways of thinking, and offer teachers powerful opportunities to develop students’ social and emotional skills.
June 26, 2019 – Education Week
Superintendent David Schuler is always trying to see what’s next in technology, but with a critical eye on its effectiveness and cost.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week

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