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Governor:Sam Brownback
Commissioner of Education:Diane DeBacker
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:483,701
Number of school districts:298
Number of public schools:1,378
Number of public school teachers:34,644
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,972
Percent minority students:32.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:47.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:8.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.6%
8th grade math:40.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.6%
8th grade reading:35.8%

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A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A court panel in Kansas is considering whether to block a new education funding law at the request of four public school districts that contend the statute distributes state aid in ways that harm programs for poor and minority students.
May 7, 2015 - AP
Lawmakers approve a plan that would ditch the state’s current education formula, but its fate is entangled with a long-running legal dispute over the funding.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Jeff Baxter, the Kansas State Teacher of the Year, writes that the standards have made him a better educator.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week

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