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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 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
A federal district judge in Kansas City, Mo., ruled last week that the State of Missouri and the city school board are liable for student segregation in the 70 percent black, 37,000-student district and ordered them to develop a plan to remedy the situation by Dec. 16.

Lawyers familiar with the situation reported last week that the state plans to ask a federal appeals court to review U.S. District Judge Russell G. Clark's Sept. 17 order, especially his finding that much of the cost for preparing and implementing the plan should be borne by the state.

September 26, 1984 - Education Week
Despite the limitations imposed by the Supreme Court in Milliken I, several lower courts have since decided that cross-district desegregation plans can be legally justified under certain circumstances. A legal battle involving schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area has become the principal focus of this still-evolving area of school-desegregation law.

St. Louis's desegregation case dates from 1972, when Minnie Liddell, a black parent, filed suit against the St. Louis school board contending that her children were receiving an inferior education in a predominantly black city school.

June 6, 1984 - Education Week
Wrapping up its current session last week, the Missouri legislature approved a bill that requires all students finishing teacher-education programs and seeking high-school certification to be tested in the disciplines they will teach.
May 9, 1984 - Education Week
The Missouri State Board of Education has formally adopted an "Action Plan for Excellence" that it devised in conjunction with officials of the state department of education.
March 28, 1984 - Education Week
Advocates of home education in Missouri told legislators last month that new guidelines adopted by the state's Division of Family Services discriminate against them.

The guidelines say that when complaints of "educational neglect" are brought to the attention of social-service workers, the family-services agency must relay the matter to a juvenile court "so that a determination can be made as to whether such education is substantially equivalent to that provided locally."

February 8, 1984 - Education Week
The Missouri State Board of Education late last month approved a measure that will require that all students pass every part of the state's Basic Essential Skills Test (best) to receive credit for 9th-grade courses needed for high-school graduation.
November 9, 1983 - Education Week
The U.S. Justice Department told a federal appeals court last week that a federal district judge may have overstepped legal bounds by ordering the state of Missouri to fund a substantial portion of the St. Louis area's voluntary desegregation plan.
October 26, 1983 - Education Week

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