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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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Louisiana's governor delivered a sobering message to lawmakers, repeatedly warning that the tough economic times will force the state to “do more with less.”
May 13, 2009 – Education Week
The state schools chief would like to clip their wings—and a lawmaker is proposing a similar plan.
March 26, 2009 – Education Week
Ramon C. Cortines has launched a series of initiatives aimed at increasing parent and community engagement and giving teachers more data about their students to help improve instruction.
January 28, 2009 – Education Week
Dipping for the second time this year into the legislative ranks, the Louisiana Department of Education has hired the ex-chairman of the state’s House education committee, Republican Rep. Don Trahan, to serve as the agency’s liaison with business leaders and public-interest groups.
October 15, 2008 – Education Week
Dozens of Texas school districts are likely to be closed indefinitely as they struggle to recover from Hurricane Ike, which devastated the Gulf Coast and caused disruption into the Midwest.
September 24, 2008 – Education Week
Some Texas districts expect to be closed all week as officials seek to assess damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
September 16, 2008 – Education Week
Educators in the southern half of the state were preparing to reopen most schools after students missed up to six days of instruction.
September 10, 2008 – Education Week
Education leaders say classes may resume next week after shutdown for Hurricane Gustav.
September 2, 2008 – Education Week
Louisiana appears on track to enact a private-school-voucher plan for New Orleans that borrows from choice programs elsewhere.
June 18, 2008 – Education Week
Fundamental questions remain as the 2007-08 academic year draws to a close, including how the city’s still-evolving decentralized mix of regular public schools and charters will operate in the coming years.
June 4, 2008 – Education Week

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