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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:29.6%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.3%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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For communities with significant numbers of Latino and immigrant residents, the barriers to an accurate 2020 Census count are high—and so are the stakes for their schools, which could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if counts are inaccurate.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
The school district tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.
October 29, 2019 – Education Week
As shootings break out at high school athletic events, districts must grapple with major questions about their role in keeping venues safe.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
In disaster-ridden Houston, an online simulation trains teachers to recognize and respond to signs of trauma in students.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
The killer may have known El Paso's demographics, but he did not know our community's heart, writes teacher Christina Mier.
August 14, 2019 – Education Week
The weekend’s mass killings in Ohio and Texas redoubled the national conversation set off by school massacres last year about guns, the roots of violence, and what schools can do.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
Several states this year sought to replace their funding formulas, a monumental fiscal and political feat, but only a handful of legislatures have been able to get proposals to their governors' desks.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
From budgeting on a shoestring to breaking down information silos to guarding against breaches, five school district tech leaders discuss their biggest worries.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
More high school students than ever are graduating, and a new report suggests that’s not due to lowered standards—it’s because students are actually learning more.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Flo Rice, a substitute teacher who was grievously wounded in last year’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, said the incident exposed a massive blind spot in school safety: little to no emergency preparation for subs like her.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week

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