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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
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

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