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Governor:Jim Justice
Superintendent of Schools:Steven L. Paine
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:280,310
Number of school districts:57
Number of public schools:757
Number of public school teachers:20,029
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,260
Percent minority students:9.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.8%
Percent of English-language learners:1.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.0%
8th grade math:23.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.4%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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A West Virginia official turns up the heat on financial disclosure for the state’s beleaguered schools, and ruffles feathers in the process.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
The nation and many states are doing a better job in finding the money for public schools than assuring that it’s spent in an equitable manner across all districts, federal data show.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts
Though it promises a 5 percent raise, the legislation includes numerous provisions viewed as anti-union and has sparked the prospect of yet another teacher strike in that state.
February 5, 2019 – Education Week

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