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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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Missouri's governor has signed legislation raising state taxes by $160 million to finance income-tax refunds owed to federal retirees.
August 2, 1989 - Education Week
Missouri's highest court has ordered the state to provide federal retirees with $152 million in refunds for income taxes paid between 1985 and 1988.

The court's May 25 decision could be the first in a series of judicial rulings that deal a severe financial blow to the 23 states that have taxed the benefits of federal pensioners but not those of teachers and other public-sector retirees. Federal retirees in Virginia filed a similar suit last week.

June 7, 1989 - Education Week
Saying he was acting on behalf of "helpless" students, a federal judge in Kansas City, Mo., last week issued a sweeping order imposing substantial new income and property taxes through 1992 on area residents to finance components of a desegregation plan for the city's schools.
September 23, 1987 - Education Week
The Missouri House and Senate approved by a wide margin last week a school-reform bill that will establish a statewide career-ladder program.

The state will require districts to fund the program on a sliding scale that takes into consideration a district's wealth. (See Education Week, May 8, 1985.)

May 22, 1985 - Education Week
Missouri's Gov. John Ashcroft says he supports school reform as an important element in improving the state's quality of life but is concerned that the immediate cost of the measures proposed by the legislature could put the state on a dangerous financial course.
May 8, 1985 - Education Week
The state of Missouri and the Kansas City school board have offered a federal district judge drastically different proposals for the desegregation of the predominantly black central-city school district.
January 30, 1985 - Education Week

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