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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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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
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Many teachers went into the profession for the promise of a comfortable pension. But payouts haven’t always kept up with cost of living, and some retirees are barely scraping by.
April 25, 2019 – Education Week
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April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
The prospects were bright earlier this year for dozens of states to overhaul antiquated formulas and take other big steps on K-12 funding. It’s proven a tricky task.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
Organized under the Special Olympics umbrella, the Unified Champion Schools program promotes meaningful connections between students with and without intellectual disabilities, using sports as a catalyst.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Fernando, 12, is grateful he made it to the United States to reunite with his mother after years apart. But his new life in Maryland is difficult and he misses many things about home, including being a top student in school.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week

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