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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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Spurred by concerns that up to 10 percent of Missouri school districts could go broke before the end of the school year, state officials are poised to adopt a policy aimed at identifying and assisting districts in danger of financial bankruptcy.
December 11, 1991 – Education Week
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand lower court rulings requiring the State of Missouri to pay asbestos- removal costs and extra expenses for a new magnet high school as part of a desegregation plan for the Kansas City, Mo., school district.
November 27, 1991 – Education Week
In a stinging defeat for education funding, Missouri voters last week overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to provide an additional $385 million for public schools and colleges.
November 13, 1991 – Education Week
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--Although they agree that the statewide tax and school-reform referendum on Missouri's ballot next week is a high-stakes issue, leading politicians and educators here do not always seem in accord over what it is or how to get it passed.
October 30, 1991 – Education Week
Missouri teachers' groups have announced that they will file suit to block Gov. John Ashcroft's proposal to cut $35 million from state education aid to fund new court-ordered expenditures for desegregation of the Kansas City schools.
September 25, 1991 – Education Week
February 27, 1991 – Education Week

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