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Governor:Matt Bevin
Commissioner of Education:Stephen L. Pruitt
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:688,640
Number of school districts:188
Number of public schools:1,579
Number of public school teachers:41,586
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,312
Percent minority students:21.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.5%
8th grade math:27.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.4%
8th grade reading:36.1%

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt is recommending that Fleming County, Robertson County and Caverna Independent public school districts exit the department's "state assistance" oversight because they’ve made improvements, according to the state board of education's June agenda.
June 1, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
Districts in the state's coal country are pushing for a $50 million complex where students master high-tech skills that would lure them back home for jobs after college.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week Research Center analysis finds that 1 in 100 special education students was physically restrained or placed in seclusion from classmates in 2013-14.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Approval of a charter school bill and a measure that overhauls the state's nearly 30-year-old K-12 law is likely to bring widespread changes to the Bluegrass State.
March 22, 2017 – Education Week
Republican-led legislatures are considering charter school and voucher bills at the state level even as a high-profile school choice proponent takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week

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