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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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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.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
Rising expenses and falling enrollment have hit St. Louis' retirement system. The district's problem resonates nationally as states struggle to deal with about $325 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
June 4, 2013 - Education Week
An immigrant herself, Valeria Silva led by example a nationwide push to teach English-learners in mainstream classes.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week
The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier is still felt after a quarter-century.
January 8, 2013 - Education Week
After a tornado whipped through Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, rebuilding the high school became a matter of symbolic importance.
January 4, 2013 - Quality Counts

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