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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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For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
May 7, 2014 – Education Week
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
April 16, 2014 – Education Week
Politicians and K-12 advocates in a number of states are wrangling over mandates for education aid, even as the Kansas funding system gets struck down by that state’s high court.
March 26, 2014 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Legislators in some states say that putting school board elections on the same calendar as other local races could boost often-anemic turnout.
February 26, 2014 – Education Week
Depending on how the Kansas Supreme Court rules in a school finance lawsuit, state lawmakers could be facing a big bill.
December 11, 2013 – Education Week
School Improvement Grant recipients are anxious about sustaining gains once the funds run out.
April 18, 2012 – Education Week
Leaders with the Kansas City School District's parents' organization and teachers union don't want a state-run panel to unseat the district's school board.
November 2, 2011 – McClatchy-Tribune
A 2005 court battle over intelligent design led scientists to launch efforts to improve students' understanding of evolution.
November 17, 2010 – Education Week
Two of the state's largest school districts say the teamwork has saved jobs and increased the efficiency of sharing data on such matters as student performance.
October 13, 2010 – Education Week
Faced with budget woes, a handful of states look to a little-used legal provision to offer an escape hatch from federal spending mandates.
June 16, 2010 – Education Week

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