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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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Long-running research on Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin, Mo., tornado suggest that Texas schools will be dealing with Harvey's aftereffects for years.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
As some 220 school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey were working to get students back to school, school administrators who have survived other devastating natural disasters know the road to normalcy can take years.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
Lone Star State lawmakers passed bills to crack down on cyberbullying and alter the state's letter-grade system for schools, but failed to clear the way for the use of vouchers and education savings accounts, or to overhaul the K-12 funding formula.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
Short-staffed, underfunded, and under fire, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights became a victim of its own success as it struggled to investigate the increase in complaints and hold school districts accountable.
May 15, 2017 – AP
When it comes to teacher certification, the label "highly qualified" doesn’t mean much, argues University of Oklahoma’s Lawrence Baines.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
More than 100 Teach For America teachers are among 750,000 undocumented immigrants protected by the deferred-action policy, which President Trump has said is a "very difficult subject" for him.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
Republican-led legislatures are considering charter school and voucher bills at the state level even as a high-profile school choice proponent takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Dallas and other urban districts opened new single-gender schools this year, aiming to boost access to specialized programs and compete with charter, private, or suburban schools.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week

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