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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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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)
An interactive guidance system will help students fulfill the state’s requirement that they complete an "individual learning plan" to graduate from high school.
January 24, 2007 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in two cases that challenge the constitutionality of school districts’ use of race-conscious plans to assign their students to schools.
December 4, 2006 – Education Week (Web)
Less than four years after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the consideration of race in admissions at the University of Michigan’s law school, the court returns Dec. 4 to the highly charged topic of racial diversity in education.
November 29, 2006 – Education Week
Education organizations, civil rights groups, and scholars were among those filing a total of 57 friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court by the Oct. 10 deadline in support of race-conscious policies of the Seattle and Jefferson County, Ky., school districts.
October 25, 2006 – Education Week
Louisville's race-conscious policy is the target of a legal challenge by a white parent who contends that the policy violated her son’s U.S. constitutional right to equal protection of the law when he was denied a transfer to his neighborhood school on account of his race in 2000.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week
In its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two potentially landmark cases on whether public schools may take race into account in assigning students to schools. Here are the stories of those cases.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week
A former social studies teacher who has led the education departments in Kentucky and Arkansas will take the helm of the Washington-based organization that represents state schools chiefs.
September 20, 2006 – Education Week

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