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Governor:Roy Cooper
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Mark Johnson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,548,895
Number of school districts:307
Number of public schools:2,634
Number of public school teachers:99,320
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,512
Percent minority students:48.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:57.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.8%
Percent of English-language learners:6.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.0%
8th grade math:36.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.0%
8th grade reading:32.9%

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A handful of districts and other groups are reshaping the after-school space to provide a wide range of social and linguistic supports for newcomer students.
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
States are tweaking voter registration laws for teenage voters and schools are busing students to the polls. Will these efforts help young people get in the habit of voting?
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
When schools reduce racial segregation between schools, racial isolation within the classes inside those schools goes up, according to an analysis of 20 years of North Carolina data.
February 26, 2020 – Education Week

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