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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Greg Abbott
Commissioner of Education:Mike Morath
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:5,233,765
Number of school districts:1,265
Number of public schools:9,367
Number of public school teachers:342,257
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,593
Percent minority students:71.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:8.6%
Percent of English-language learners:15.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.2%
8th grade math:33.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.7%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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After community outrage over a proposal for mass school closures, Dallas administrators went into reverse and proposed to trustees a considerably scaled back plan that reduces the closings to two schools.
November 2, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
Students in grades 9 through 12 must receive instruction on dealing with law enforcement that includes a 16-minute video showing possible scenarios on being pulled over.
October 17, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
A 17-year-old junior shot and killed 10 people, many of them students, and wounded 13 others in a rampage at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It was the 13th school shooting this year in which people were injured or killed by gunfire.
May 18, 2018 – Education Week
Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week

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