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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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Hopes that students in Chicago could return to school Monday after a weeklong teachers' strike were dashed after the union's 800 delegates deferred a vote to end it.
September 17, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
After a framework for a tentative agreement emerged Friday, the union's delegates were scheduled to meet this weekend to vet a draft and vote on whether to call off the strike.
September 19, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
The flare-up in Chicago is, in many ways, reflective of broader tensions about changes to evaluation policies being rolled out across the country.
September 12, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Parents footing the bill for college-goers are taking an increasingly hard-nosed, consumer-oriented approach to their child's higher education, education experts say.
August 14, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
Just three states—Idaho, Illinois, and Nevada—still await word on flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
August 8, 2012 – Education Week
Illinois' public and private colleges begin the task of gauging their efforts to train teachers to meet the standards' goals.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week
A Catalyst Chicago analysis finds the city's charter schools serve fewer special education students than regular public schools, and some charters have trouble melding their philosophies with those students' needs.
April 13, 2012 – Education Week
Technology companies such as IBM and Microsoft will help design curriculum to develop students’ technology skills and prepare them for jobs.
March 14, 2012 – Education Week
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced a revamped partnership with Facebook to use the site to help prevent suicides.
February 22, 2012 – Education Week
A new Illinois bill gives school boards and administrators the power to suspend or expel a student thats threatens a school employee, another student, or any school-related personnel on the Internet.
February 8, 2012 – Digital Directions

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