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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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Education aid can account for up to half of a state's budget, and it's a subject of heated debate, especially in places dealing with budget shortfalls and court orders.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
The state's move to overhaul training for school leaders has shifted university-based programs' focus to developing principals who are strong instructional leaders.
January 25, 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
Failure to reach a deal could send teachers in the nation’s third-largest district onto the streets for a second mass walkout in four years.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Having begged for state aid and borrowed millions at untenable rates, the district is rapidly approaching fiscal insolvency.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
With district leaders at odds with the teachers' union and state officials over the city's K-12 finances, educators, parents, and students worry about the future.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
The state's governor and legislature are struggling to agree on a spending plan, amid competing proposals on how to distribute K-12 education dollars.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
The possibility that the budget impasse in Illinois would extend to a second year and shut down school systems has grown stronger in recent weeks.
April 28, 2016 – Education Week
Nearly a quarter of newly hired teachers will never vest in the state's troubled Teacher Retirement System, and three quarters won't even make back what they pay into the system, according to a new report.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week

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