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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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Kelvin Adams, who is taking over as the St. Louis schools’ seventh superintendent since 2003, is already familiar with the dynamics of a district under state supervision.
October 28, 2008 - Education Week
Though education experts have largely embraced the drive to raise the level of math and science courses, students and parents may be satisfied with a less rigorous level of instruction in those subjects.
September 25, 2007 - Education Week
Educators are trying to combat a lack of referrals of English-language learners to special education in the state.
April 24, 2007 - Education Week
The plan would help underwrite initiatives in instructional technology, early-childhood education, and after-school programs.
January 30, 2007 - Education Week
The St. Louis school district begins the new year facing likely state intervention, following a task force’s proposal for the locally elected school board to be stripped of its authority and for an appointed board to run the system on an interim basis.
January 9, 2007 - Education Week
Upheaval in the highest ranks of the St. Louis public schools on the eve of a new academic year has prompted Missouri’s top education official to appoint a special committee to help fix the troubled district.
August 8, 2006 - Education Week
The debate over a school choice bill in the Missouri legislature has opened a bitter rift among some of the state’s top black elected officials.
May 2, 2006 - Education Week
In a move signaling the profound change in store for the St. Louis public schools, the superintendent has broken up the district’s most troubled high school in the middle of the year, creating a separate school for the freshmen and placing the most accomplished seniors on a college campus.
January 24, 2006 - Education Week