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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:23.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:25.7%
8th grade reading:24.9%

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Accusations of federal overreach fly as Oklahoma has its NCLB waiver renewal denied, while a lawsuit by Louisiana's governor says states were coerced into adopting the common core.
September 10, 2014 – Education Week
August 27, 2014 – Education Week
Nowhere has the conflict surrounding the Common Core State Standards been more protracted, high-profile, and complicated than in Louisiana.
August 13, 2014 – Education Week
In spite of being wary of excessive standardization, Dave Powell questions why elected officials are rejecting the common core.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the state to jettison tests aligned with the common core, but the state schools chief and school board are balking.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
A measure passed by the Louisiana legislature would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in setting graduation and promotion requirements for students with disabilities.
June 4, 2014 – Education Week
Competition from free, public preschool programs can siphon off clients from private early-education providers and potentially limit options in some communities.
February 26, 2014 – Education Week
When it comes to assessing school options for their children, parents must ask the right questions and stay informed, Karran Harper Royal writes.
November 6, 2013 – 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
State officials and the U.S. Department of Justice clash over the state's voucher program in the shadow of a long-standing desegregation case.
September 17, 2013 – Education Week

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