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Governor:Phil Murphy
Commissioner of Education:Lamont Repollet (Acting)
Quality Counts state grade:B+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,400,579
Number of school districts:702
Number of public schools:2,599
Number of public school teachers:115,067
Unadjusted education spending per student:$17,907
Percent minority students:52.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:36.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.9%
Percent of English-language learners:4.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:49.9%
8th grade math:43.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:48.6%
8th grade reading:46.6%

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