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Governor:Phil Bryant
State Superintendent of Education:Carey Wright
Quality Counts state grade:D
Pre-K-12 enrollment:490,917
Number of school districts:165
Number of public schools:1,107
Number of public school teachers:32,311
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,263
Percent minority students:54.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:73.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.5%
Percent of English-language learners:1.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:29.6%
8th grade math:21.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:26.0%
8th grade reading:20.0%

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.
October 13, 2017 – AP
Mississippi’s outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state’s new ‘innovative’ standards.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week

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