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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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July 12, 2010 - Education Week
Principal Keith Look's job is on the line as he steers Louisville's Shawnee High School through an aggressive, federally-mandated effort to reverse years of academic decline.
June 15, 2010 - Education Week
Justices refuse to hear a challenge to a Texas school district's dress code, a Kentucky tax case, and a teacher-testing case.
January 19, 2010 - Education Week
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
March 23, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week
A National Science Foundation program is focused on keeping students on the path to success in science, technology, engineering, and math.
September 12, 2008 - Education Week
The program aims to transform parents into ambassadors for math and science education.
September 8, 2008 - Education Week
Kentucky was among the first in the nation to bring precollegiate and higher education to the same table through a P-16 council.
May 30, 2008 - Education Week
GOP lawmakers are pushing a bill to replace the state's testing system with nationally standardized tests.
March 10, 2008 - Education Week
The district proposed a new system that it hopes will maintain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in its schools without running afoul of the law.
January 30, 2008 - Education Week
The Jefferson County, Ky., school district, set back by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating its student-assignment plan, is exploring other remaining legal avenues in its bid to maintain racially integrated schools.
November 12, 2007 - Education Week

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