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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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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
Arkansas lawmakers finally seemed poised to pass a stopgap school funding package last week, as they scrambled against the clock to meet a Jan. 1 deadline imposed by the state supreme court.
January 7, 2004 – Education Week
President Bush's selection last week of Arkansas state schools chief Raymond Simon as the next assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education appears to be winning mostly favorable reviews, from his home state to the nation's capital.
October 1, 2003 – Education Week
A plan to overhaul how education is provided in Arkansas has state leaders working against the clock to comply with a state supreme court decision declaring the education system unconstitutional.
March 12, 2003 – Education Week
The Arkansas supreme court has declared the state's school funding system unconstitutional, and in its strongly worded opinion late last month rebuked the state for not doing enough to provide all students with an adequate education.
December 4, 2002 – Education Week
A county judge's decision last year striking down Arkansas' school finance system is driving what may be the state's most determined effort ever to evaluate how its children are educated.
August 7, 2002 – Education Week
Athletic directors, educators, and coaches around Arkansas are speaking out against the state school board's decision to reinstate a policy that requires at least a 2.0 GPA for participation in sports and other extracurricular activities.
May 29, 2002 – Education Week
Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has proposed a broad education reform plan for a state that has struggled to improve student achievement in recent years, and that faces a court order to overhaul how it pays for schools.
January 23, 2002 – Education Week
An Arkansas jury has ordered an influential former state senator to pay about $1.2 million to the Arkansas School Boards Association for his role in a scheme to defraud the group's workers' compensation insurance trust.
September 12, 2001 – Education Week
In a ruling that Arkansas officials intend to challenge, a judge has struck down the state's formula for distributing money to schools, saying it is not adequate or fair to poorer districts.
June 6, 2001 – Education Week

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