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Governor:Robert Bentley
State Superintendent of Education :Thomas Bice
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:746,204
Number of school districts:135
Number of public schools:1,637
Number of public school teachers:47,162
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,755
Percent minority students:42.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.4%
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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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
Despite their ideological differences, the two groups have found common ground in their advocacy for protecting the privacy of student data.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
The situation of former Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill puts a personal face on the issue of who is allowed to teach and where.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
In Alabama, school officials say they could not abide by a mother's advance directive not to revive her terminally ill son if he goes into cardiac arrest.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
May 20, 2015 – Education Week
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week

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Diplomas Count 2011
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