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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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Little Rock--A 15-member Arkansas commission has submitted its recommendations for revamping the state's school-funding formula.
January 12, 1983 – Education Week
In response to a judge's finding that Arkansas' method of financing schools is unconstitutional, a specially appointed commission has recommended 24 measures to minimize inequalities between wealthy and poor districts.
December 15, 1982 – Education Week
The recent defeat of Arkansas's "scientific- creationism" bill in court, and the subsequent announcement by that state's attorney general that he would not appeal the decision, appear to have taken some of the steam out of the creationism movement at both the state and local levels.
February 17, 1982 – Education Week
The American Civil Liberties Union (aclu), questioning primarily the validity of creationism as a scientific theory, last week began its attempt to prove that Arkansas's law requiring public schools to teach creation theory in tandem with evolution is unconstitutional.
December 14, 1981 – Education Week
Education officials in Arkansas and Louisiana, where the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging state laws requiring "balanced treatment" of creation theory in the schools, are beginning to think about how they will implement those laws if the legal challenge fails.
September 21, 1981 – Education Week

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