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|Commissioner of Education:||Johnny Key|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C-|
|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:||25.5%|
|NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient|
|4th grade reading:||31.3%|
|8th grade reading:||28.7%|
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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