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Governor:Charlie Baker
Commissioner of Education:Jeffrey C. Riley
Quality Counts state grade:B+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:955,844
Number of school districts:414
Number of public schools:1,889
Number of public school teachers:71,859
Unadjusted education spending per student:$15,087
Percent minority students:36.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:39.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.9%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:52.9%
8th grade math:49.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:50.8%
8th grade reading:49.3%

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The Boston Teacher Residency program has been successful in attracting members of racial- and ethnic- minority groups, as well as in retaining teachers.
October 15, 2008 – Education Week
Gov. Deval Patrick's agenda would include free access to community college for all state residents, a statewide teacher contract, and an aggressive dropout-prevention program
September 3, 2008 – Education Week
The court will take up an appeal examining whether Title IX provides the exclusive legal remedy for cases of sex discrimination in public schools.
June 18, 2008 – Education Week
The Teaching Policy Fellowship aims to promote ways to retain teachers who have made it successfully through the first years of teaching but may not stay a lifetime.
April 30, 2008 – Education Week
Despite ideological differences, three gubernatorial veterans in the 2008 presidential race share some experiences in dealing with education.
December 19, 2007 – Education Week
While it may sound like a given that added learning time can translate to better test scores, research suggests that whether it does remains an open question.
December 12, 2007 – Education Week
The schools were conceived in 1994 as the district's reponse to charters.
November 14, 2007 – Education Week
Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell is proposing to bring all school employees under one insurance plan, rather than have individual school districts continue to provide their own.
October 3, 2007 – Education Week
State officials are examining the plans to see if they are legally viable in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
September 19, 2007 – Education Week
Gov. Deval L. Patrick has spelled out an ambitious set of goals for the coming decade that has education interest groups supporting his vision.
June 13, 2007 – Education Week

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