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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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A federal judge Monday finalized a settlement in a 52-year-old Mississippi school desegregation case, merging historically white and black high schools and middle schools in a district.
March 14, 2017 – AP
Education aid can account for up to half of a state's budget, and it's a subject of heated debate, especially in places dealing with budget shortfalls and court orders.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
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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