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Governor:Matt Bevin
Commissioner of Education:Stephen L. Pruitt
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:674,879
Number of school districts:172
Number of public schools:1,565
Number of public school teachers:41,820
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,316
Percent minority students:19.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:2.9%
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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Schools and districts now have until Aug. 31 to opt for a new federal provision that allows them to serve free meals to all students.
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its race-based student-assignment plan, Jefferson County is maintaining diverse schools and improving achievement.
May 14, 2014 – Education Week
The newest of these districts and schools are using flexibility from some state requirements to focus on technology, employ crowdsourcing techniques, and target low-performing schools.
February 19, 2014 – Education Week
Chambers of commerce in a growing number of states are defending the common core against vocal opposition to the standards from some of their traditional Republican allies.
January 29, 2014 – Education Week
Kentucky's second round of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards show improvements for many groups of students, while results remained flat for others.
October 9, 2013 – Education Week
Instead of specifying content, the document just issued by states and professional groups describes the "inquiry" process of four disciplines: civics, geography, economics, and history.
September 25, 2013 – Education Week
After three years, a $1.5 million investment, and a huge staffing shake-up, the long-troubled former Shawnee High School in Louisville, Ky., remains on tenuous ground.
June 12, 2013 – Education Week
Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
May 3, 2013 | Updated: April 30, 2016 – Education Week
As dwindling state funding for new textbook purchases drives the search for alternative sources of information, schools in Kentucky are making do with the books they have.
January 23, 2013 – Education Week

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