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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Phil Bryant
State Superintendent of Education:Carey Wright
Quality Counts state grade:D
Pre-K-12 enrollment:492,586
Number of school districts:151
Number of public schools:1,066
Number of public school teachers:32,292
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,130
Percent minority students:54.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:72.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.3%
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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Efforts to ban corporal punishment get pushback in communities where the practice is ingrained, but change is happening.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
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August 24, 2016 – Education Week
In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He’s sorry he did.
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