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Governor:Mike Beebe
Commissioner of Education:Tom W. Kimbrell
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:482,114
Number of school districts:258
Number of public schools:1,110
Number of public school teachers:34,273
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,281
Percent minority students:35.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:60.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.5%
Percent of English-language learners:6.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.3%
8th grade math:27.7%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.6%
8th grade reading:30.3%

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Legislators in some states say that putting school board elections on the same calendar as other local races could boost often-anemic turnout.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
A federal judge has approved a settlement to allow Arkansas to phase out millions of dollars in school desegregation aid to three Little Rock-area districts.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
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July 11, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
A 2005 court battle over intelligent design led scientists to launch efforts to improve students' understanding of evolution.
November 16, 2010 - Education Week
A pilot program in rural Arkansas that uses mobile Internet technologies has caught the attention of educators and ed-tech enthusiasts around the country.
January 16, 2009 - Digital Directions
State officials see the new endorsement as a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to cover the math content as more students enroll in Algebra 1 in 8th grade, rather than waiting until high school.
October 21, 2008 - Education Week
Despite ideological differences, three gubernatorial veterans in the 2008 presidential race share some experiences in dealing with education.
December 17, 2007 - Education Week

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