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Governor:Sam Brownback
Commissioner of Education:Randy Watson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:486,423
Number of school districts:290
Number of public schools:1,346
Number of public school teachers:38,153
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,828
Percent minority students:33.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:50.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.3%
8th grade math:33.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.2%
8th grade reading:34.8%

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School districts are girding for the possible cutoff of state funding at the end of the month if lawmakers fail to satisfy a Kansas high court ruling demanding more equitable K-12 funding.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
Legislators in Kansas and Washington struggle over how to pump millions of dollars more into K-12 aid to satisfy impatient state supreme courts.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
State lawmakers must scramble to come up with a formula that satisfies that the court finds equitable or risk not having schools open for the 2016-17 school year.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
A legislative panel wants the state to do more frequent audits of local districts, consolidate services, and dictate what efforts should be funded to improve student learning.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 20, 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
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

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