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Governor:Tom Wolf
Secretary of Education:Pedro A. Rivera
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,743,160
Number of school districts:796
Number of public schools:3,097
Number of public school teachers:122,030
Unadjusted education spending per student:$13,961
Percent minority students:31.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.0%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:43.6%
8th grade math:38.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.2%
8th grade reading:40.0%

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A state report released Monday said bullying, self-harm and suicide were the most common concerns fielded during the first half-year of operation for a new threat reporting system that covers Pennsylvania schools.
August 5, 2019 – AP
A Pennsylvania school district that warned parents behind on their lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care, and then rejected a businessman's offer to pay the overdue charges, is apologizing and says it wants to accept the donation after all.
July 25, 2019 – AP
The president of a Pennsylvania school board whose district had warned parents behind on lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care has rejected a CEO's offer to cover the cost, the businessman said Tuesday.
July 23, 2019 – AP
With an intensive blend of academic and social-emotional supports, the Higher Achievement after-school program is helping middle schoolers in under-resourced communities land a spot in top public and private high schools near their homes.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor from The Sopranos, is touring the country with his rock band to promote the use of music in classrooms and show solidarity with teachers.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
The school system is taking a "continuous improvement" approach to ironing out the kinks in a sweeping rollout of discipline reforms aimed at curbing school suspensions.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week

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