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Governor:Jay Nixon
Commissioner of Education:Margie Vandeven
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:918,288
Number of school districts:563
Number of public schools:2,410
Number of public school teachers:66,651
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,597
Percent minority students:26.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.4%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
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 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
The state officials who recommended that the Kansas City, Mo., school district lose its accreditation decided they had no choice but to light that fire.
October 19, 2011 – Education Week
September 26, 2011 – McClatchy-Tribune
The former Philadelphia schools chief describes the political land mines that she says led to her ouster.
August 31, 2011 | Updated: May 10, 2016 – Education Week
The 2,500-student Clayton school system wanted to find out how its students compare with their international peers on PISA.
January 26, 2011 – Education Week

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