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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

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