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|Commissioner of Education:||Chris L. Nicastro|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C-|
|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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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.
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.
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."
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