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Governor:Asa Hutchinson
Commissioner of Education:Johnny Key
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:490,917
Number of school districts:290
Number of public schools:1,122
Number of public school teachers:35,430
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,616
Percent minority students:37.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:62.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.7%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:32.7%
8th grade math:27.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.2%
8th grade reading:28.7%

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Experts warned Southern education leaders meeting here that falling graduation rates may threaten the region’s progress in improving students’ test scores, access to preschool, and other advances in recent years in the poorest region of the United States.
June 29, 2005 | Updated: June 28, 2018 – Education Week (Web)
Arkansas must spend nearly $2.3 billion to improve school buildings, a study issued last week says, setting up a legislative battle that could determine how schools and school districts are configured in the state for years to come.
December 8, 2004 – Education Week
With their single-district days behind them, leaders of the new merged Two Rivers school district in rural Arkansas are looking for ways to make the relationship work.
November 24, 2004 – Education Week
Voters showed caution about sending more money to public schools or dramatically changing course on education policy, as they decided school-related questions on state ballots last week.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week
A groundbreaking statewide study released last week evaluating the body weights of nearly all public school students in Arkansas has found that 38 percent of them are overweight or are at risk of becoming overweight.
September 15, 2004 – Education Week
More than one-fifth of children and adolescents in public schools in Arkansas are considered overweight.
September 15, 2004 – Education Week
An Arkansas school district’s practice of searching the pockets, purses, and backpacks of randomly selected classrooms of students for drugs and other contraband violates students’ right to privacy, a federal appeals court has ruled.
September 1, 2004 – Education Week
Arkansas’ decade-long court battle over school finances may finally be over, but the larger legal and political dogfight over money for rural schools and the consolidation of rural school districts is just beginning to get fierce.
July 14, 2004 – Education Week
Rural educators in the state don’t see how forcing Arkansas’ 57 smallest school districts to consolidate will help improve the education of local children.
April 21, 2004 – Education Week
The Arkansas Supreme Court will appoint a special master to oversee compliance with a ruling that requires the state to overhaul its school aid system.
February 4, 2004 – Education Week

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