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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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The effort by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which taps teachers of other subjects, produces more physics teachers a year than any preservice program in the country.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
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March 21, 2016 – Education Week
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
After learning hard lessons in Newark, N.J., the young billionaire is shifting his focus to educational technology, shaking up the world of K-12 philanthropy.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
A growing share of the U.S. labor force works from home, and a handful of tech-savvy school districts in Alabama, Minnesota, and New Jersey have taken note.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Cami Anderson, former K-12 superintendent, writes that charters schools are not a "silver bullet" and suggests a mixed-market alternative.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
Amid floundering efforts to improve K-12 education in Newark, N.J., Fr. Edwin D. Leahy shares his school’s secrets to success.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
In an excerpt from her book The Prize, Dale Russakoff details the backstory of how two public figures attracted an infusion of private money in a bid to transform Newark's flagging schools.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week

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