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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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Jeff Baxter, the Kansas State Teacher of the Year, writes that the standards have made him a better educator.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, racial disparities in schools should be a call to action, writes Leticia Smith-Evans.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week

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