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Governor:Kay Ivey
State Superintendent of Education :Michael Sentance
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:744,164
Number of school districts:179
Number of public schools:1,659
Number of public school teachers:42,737
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,028
Percent minority students:43.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:26.1%
8th grade math:17.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.7%
8th grade reading:25.6%

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A federal judge said that she won't reconsider her order that would allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school system despite her own findings that racist motives were behind the move.
May 11, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
A federal judge will allow Gardendale, Ala., to form its own school district of mostly white students in spite of her criticism that city leaders are doing so as a way to control racial demographics in public schools.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
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January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts

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