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Governor:Henry McMaster
State Superintendent of Education:Molly Spearman
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:756,523
Number of school districts:102
Number of public schools:1,269
Number of public school teachers:49,475
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,732
Percent minority students:47.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.9%
8th grade math:26.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.3%
8th grade reading:30.0%

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September 18, 2018 – Education Week
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January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
If confirmed to be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' right-hand man, former South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais would share her support for school choice and a slimmer federal footprint in K-12.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
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January 25, 2017 – Education Week
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January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
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October 12, 2016 – Education Week
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