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Governor:Phil Bryant
State Superintendent of Education:Tom Burnham
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:490,526
Number of school districts:152
Number of public schools:1,083
Number of public school teachers:32,255
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,104
Percent minority students:54.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:70.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.0%
Percent of English-language learners:1.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:26.1%
8th grade math:21.3%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:21.3%
8th grade reading:20.2%

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May 29, 2015 - Education Week
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