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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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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
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Martin County, Ky., is using a $1.5 million federal grant to unite its secondary schools in a push to create a better school climate.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
A pair of efforts has launched calling for the involvement of multiple local agencies to support the success of poor children in school.
February 24, 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
A Republican's win in the Kentucky governor's race could shake up the political climate for common core in that state, and a Mississippi funding measure goes down to defeat.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
The ACLU has filed suit against the Kentucky school resource officer who shackled two young students with disabilities.
August 19, 2015 – Education Week
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 19, 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

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