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Governor:Sam Brownback
Commissioner of Education:Randy Watson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:497,275
Number of school districts:322
Number of public schools:1,352
Number of public school teachers:37,659
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,972
Percent minority students:34.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.5%
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 suing for more funding say the state needs to add nearly $900 million over two years for funding to be adequate.
July 18, 2017 – Education Week
It looks like the long-running and contentious legal fights over school financing in Kansas and in Washington state are coming to a head.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Lawmakers trying to satisfy judges in a school funding case grapple with how increased funding can be used to boost results for black, Latino, and low-income students.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Education aid can account for up to half of a state's budget, and it's a subject of heated debate, especially in places dealing with budget shortfalls and court orders.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
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January 18, 2017 – Education Week

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