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Governor:Jeremiah Nixon
Commissioner of Education:Chris L. Nicastro
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:918,710
Number of school districts:562
Number of public schools:2,410
Number of public school teachers:66,735
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,721
Percent minority students:25.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:44.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.7%
8th grade math:32.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.1%
8th grade reading:35.8%

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Local districts are walking a tightrope between returning to the normal routine while acknowledging the street protests and larger debate about race and law enforcement sparked by the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
August 22, 2014 - Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
June 23, 2014 - Education Week
A law that lets students transfer out of unaccredited districts is forcing debate over what the state should do for school systems on the brink of failing.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Facing dropping student enrollments, a superintendent and a teachers' union leader collaborated to open up more preschool seats and keep their struggling district viable.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
The test-maker says the goal of its new offering is to serve not only as an assessment, but also as a learning tool for prospective educators.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
A recently affirmed Missouri law that allows students to transfer out of unaccredited districts—at the home district's expense—could bankrupt two districts.
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