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Governor:Gretchen Whitmer
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Sheila Alles (Acting)
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,537,922
Number of school districts:938
Number of public schools:3,637
Number of public school teachers:85,038
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,110
Percent minority students:32.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.9%
Percent of English-language learners:5.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.5%
8th grade math:31.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.6%
8th grade reading:34.4%

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Robert C. Bobb was appointed by the state to try to close a huge budget deficit that is the legacy of declining enrollment and management problems.
August 12, 2009 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
In Detroit, a curriculum requires elementary pupils to do the work actual scientists do.
May 13, 2009 – Education Week
The Dearborn, Mich., school district's superintendent moved quickly to clarify the system's language policy last week after a consultant said officials should "prohibit the use of any language other than English."
January 28, 2009 – Education Week
If approved, the Grand Rapids Education Association would assume responsibility for managing a share of the Michigan district’s budget.
November 12, 2008 – Education Week
The Detroit school system is facing a financial crisis that could lead to a takeover of its budget authority if state officials aren’t pleased with a plan to slash the budget.
October 1, 2008 – Education Week
An unconventional lab brings together teachers, aspiring ones, and researchers to observe and discuss the challenges elementary educators face in trying to help students struggling in math.
August 13, 2008 – Education Week
Even as the 2008 fiscal year gets into full swing for most states, a handful—including Florida, Michigan, and Illinois—are still ironing the kinks out of their cash-strapped budgets.
October 10, 2007 – Education Week

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