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Governor:Eric Greitens
Commissioner of Education:Margie Vandeven
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:917,785
Number of school districts:571
Number of public schools:2,427
Number of public school teachers:67,356
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,875
Percent minority students:27.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.6%
Percent of English-language learners:3.2%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.4%
8th grade math:31.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.3%
8th grade reading:36.3%

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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 25, 2013 – Education Week
July 10, 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 5, 2013 – Education Week
An immigrant herself, Valeria Silva led by example a nationwide push to teach English-learners in mainstream classes.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
After a tornado whipped through Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, rebuilding the high school became a matter of symbolic importance.
January 10, 2013 – Quality Counts
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 9, 2013 – Education Week
A year after a tornado destroyed six of its schools, a Missouri district is building schools that match its new vision for education.
May 16, 2012 – Education Week
Ambitious 1-to-1 laptop effort emerges in the wake of the tornado that devastated the Missouri district.
February 8, 2012 – Digital Directions
The impending loss of accreditation for Kansas City, Mo., schools could cause an exodus of students to neighboring districts—and impose new financial burdens on the troubled Kansas City school system.
November 28, 2011 – Education Week
The measure had generated an unexpected backlash, with teachers raising concerns they would be barred from using popular social media sites.
November 2, 2011 – Education Week

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