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

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A state district court judge ruled the Texas school financing system unconstitutional, cheering hundreds of local districts that had sued.
February 20, 2013 – Education Week
As the once-unthinkable idea of arming teachers gains traction, some districts offer insights on what's involved when employees bring weapons to school.
February 20, 2013 – Education Week
The dropout rate decreased by 90 percent in Daniel P. King's first five years at the helm of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo schools.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
Las Vegas, Tampa, and Dallas showed the fastest growth among districts where charter enrollment tops 10 percent, a study says.
November 14, 2012 – Education Week
El Paso, Texas's ex-superintendent faces 42 months in prison for conspiring to boost students' scores on state tests.
October 17, 2012 – Education Week
The former president has promoted a robust set of policy ideas in the last few years using his Dallas-based think tank, the Bush Institute.
July 19, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
A Texas school district is trying to close its digital divide by distributing thousands of Apple tablet computers in a move that could make it the largest iPad program for students in the United States.
June 13, 2012 – Digital Directions
A cultural emphasis on loyalty to family leads some Latinas to pass on college or only pick schools close to home.
June 7, 2012 – Education Week
Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for the common core.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 28, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

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