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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 city's new superintendent, Christopher Cerf, is pledging to work with the community as it moves toward regaining governance of public schools after 20 years under state authority.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
At the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented, teachers say students’ diverse backgrounds deepen learning for everyone.
May 20, 2015 – Education Week
A New Jersey high school student who posted a tweet about a question on a common-core test has unintentionally sparked a national controversy.
April 1, 2015 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
July 16, 2014 – Education Week
Despite opposition from a new mayor and the community, the state-appointed schools chief for the New Jersey district has agreed to stick around for three more years.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
The superintendent, appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is drawing strong resistance to her efforts to expand the city's charter presence, dismiss teachers, and sell off school buildings.
March 26, 2014 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Re-elected Republican Chris Christie, in New Jersey, and Democratic Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, in Virginia, each must deal with state legislatures controlled by the opposite party.
November 13, 2013 – Education Week
Gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia could affect the direction of school choice and parent-driven education changes in those states, along with spending priorities.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week

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