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Governor:Ralph Northam
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Steven R. Staples
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,280,381
Number of school districts:222
Number of public schools:2,162
Number of public school teachers:89,968
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,973
Percent minority students:48.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:50.2%
8th grade math:37.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.3%
8th grade reading:37.2%

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State lawmakers searching for new streams of money to fund education confront whether sources other than property and sales taxes can actually provide the sustained, predicable revenue they need.
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
The Virginia Beach City schools, urged on by parents, decided to make a big change, doubling the amount of recess the district offered, from just 15 minutes a day to 30.
February 26, 2020 – Education Week
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