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Governor:John Bel Edwards
State Superintendent of Education:John White
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:716,800
Number of school districts:142
Number of public schools:1,417
Number of public school teachers:46,340
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,749
Percent minority students:53.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:63.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.0%
Percent of English-language learners:2.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:26.8%
8th grade math:18.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:26.5%
8th grade reading:24.9%

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Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Louisiana and New Hampshire are among the handful of states that have stepped up to experiment with crafting new student assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Louisiana
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
The momentum behind the widespread teacher activism last spring has continued into the new school year.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week

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