Arkansas

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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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State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.
May 6, 2015 - AP
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February 3, 2015 - Education Week
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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