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Governor:Steve Beshear
Commissioner of Education:Terry Holliday
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:673,128
Number of school districts:176
Number of public schools:1,554
Number of public school teachers:42,042
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,957
Percent minority students:18.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.2%
Percent of English-language learners:2.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.5%
8th grade math:30.0%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.4%
8th grade reading:37.8%

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The education policy stakes surrounding races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are high and could have an impact on the national discussion about common-core standards.
August 18, 2015 - Education Week
The ACLU has filed suit against the Kentucky school resource officer who shackled two young students with disabilities.
August 17, 2015 - Education Week
The state law raising the school dropout age from 16 to 18 could be in for both a legal challenge and revision from the 2016 General Assembly.
July 20, 2015 - McClatchy-Tribune
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.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week

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