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Governor:Laura Kelly
Commissioner of Education:Randy Watson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:497,275
Number of school districts:322
Number of public schools:1,352
Number of public school teachers:37,659
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,972
Percent minority students:34.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.8%
8th grade math:35.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.3%
8th grade reading:36.7%

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The prospects were bright earlier this year for dozens of states to overhaul antiquated formulas and take other big steps on K-12 funding. It’s proven a tricky task.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
Gov. Laura Kelly has signed legislation to increase public school funding a day after Kansas lawmakers approved the plan.
April 6, 2019 – AP
Kansas' new Democratic governor promised on the campaign trail to end a protracted lawsuit over education funding by increasing state spending on public schools, and the Republican-led Legislature approved her proposal, but it may not be enough.
April 5, 2019 – AP
Kansas lawmakers have blown several informal deadlines for boosting funding for public schools to satisfy a court mandate because Republicans who control the Legislature are at odds over how to allocate the new dollars and what policy strings should be attached.
March 27, 2019 – AP
Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor.
March 25, 2019 – AP
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Federal education funding is on the rise—but there are disparities in which states are reaping the most benefits.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week

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