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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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Four years ago, when Arkansas state school board members passed a "no pass, no play" policy requiring secondary school students to maintain a C average to play sports or take part in extracurricular activities, they thought they had found the ideal incentive to get students with less-than-perfect grades to hit the books.

October 1, 1997 – Education Week
Early in this century, students from rural Claiborne and Union parishes in northern Louisiana began attending school in the nearby border town of Junction City, Ark., instead of traveling as far as 16 miles to the nearest schools in their home state.
November 13, 1996 – Education Week

In 1994, an Arkansas judge gave the state's lawmakers two years to come up with a more equitable school finance plan. But it will be the state's voters who decide next week if the new plan goes into effect.

October 30, 1996 – Education Week

The Arkansas Department of Education is working with 25 school districts to improve academic or financial problems that, if not solved, could lead to a state takeover.

October 2, 1996 – Education Week
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