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Governor:Matt Bevin
Commissioner of Education:Wayne D. Lewis Jr.
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:688,640
Number of school districts:188
Number of public schools:1,579
Number of public school teachers:41,586
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,312
Percent minority students:21.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.8%
8th grade math:28.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.5%
8th grade reading:34.2%

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Kentucky was among the first in the nation to bring precollegiate and higher education to the same table through a P-16 council.
June 5, 2008 – Education Week
GOP lawmakers are pushing a bill to replace the state's testing system with nationally standardized tests.
March 12, 2008 – Education Week
The district proposed a new system that it hopes will maintain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in its schools without running afoul of the law.
February 6, 2008 – Education Week
Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, and New Jersey are among the states that could be affected.
November 14, 2007 – Education Week
The Jefferson County, Ky., school district, set back by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating its student-assignment plan, is exploring other remaining legal avenues in its bid to maintain racially integrated schools.
November 14, 2007 – Education Week
Kentucky and Mississippi also will select their governors in the 2007 electoral season.
October 31, 2007 – Education Week
Many educators are recommitting themselves to strive for racial diversity in K-12 education, but the court's decision has left them speculating about which tactics will withstand legal challenges.
July 18, 2007 | Updated: February 22, 2019 – Education Week
Peer-to-peer curriculum development helps sustain teacher workforce in small towns where it is hard to attract new educators.
July 11, 2007 – Education Week (Web)
The recent Supreme Court decision limiting race-based school assignments means districts must consider whether to try alternative means to keep schools integrated.
June 28, 2007 – Education Week (Web)
Critics say it distorts the scientific record by discounting the theory of evolution.
May 25, 2007 – Education Week (Web)

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