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Governor:Kate Brown
Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction:Colt Gill (Acting)
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:601,318
Number of school districts:220
Number of public schools:1,252
Number of public school teachers:27,850
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,945
Percent minority students:36.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.1%
Percent of English-language learners:8.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:33.3%
8th grade math:31.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.8%
8th grade reading:36.1%

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In their defense, educators say more federal guidance is needed on how to apply civil rights laws to programs for English-language learners.
July 30, 2010 – Education Week
Even when a student has never received special education services from public schools, federal law authorizes the payments, the justices rule.
June 22, 2009 – Education Week
Education issues are poised to break through the din of presidential politics and economic anxiety in more than a dozen states next month, as voters confront ballot questions and constitutional amendments involving K-12 policy and school finance.
October 8, 2008 – Education Week
Supporters of a proposed Oregon ballot initiative are looking forward to the November ballot, now that they have gathered enough signatures to put the measure up for a statewide vote.
July 16, 2008 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with public employers in a decision that will restrict workers from suing over alleged job discrimination based on arbitrary or vindictive reasons aimed just at them.
June 18, 2008 – Education Week
Michael Geisen, an Oregon middle school teacher and a former forester, was named the 2008 National Teacher of the Year last week at the White House.
May 7, 2008 – Education Week
The issue before the justices involves whether public employees may press federal lawsuits when an adverse job action is based on subjective or malicious reasons targeted only at them.
April 30, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
The educational framework promises to raise achievement through modification of lesson plans based on frequent “progress monitoring.”
January 23, 2008 – Education Week

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