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|Commissioner of Education:||Wayne D. Lewis Jr.|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C-|
|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%|
The U.S. Supreme Court’s split decisions on June 27 in a pair of cases concerning displays of the Ten Commandments on government property did not fundamentally alter the legal landscape for public schools, but neither did they leave it untouched, legal observers say.
June 27, 2005 | Updated: June 28, 2018 – Education Week (Web)
A federal appeals court last week upheld against a First Amendment challenge a Kentucky school district’s student dress code that prohibits many fashions popular with teenagers and preteens: baggy pants, bluejeans, “distressed” clothing, unnaturally colored hair, and body piercings except those in ears.
February 16, 2005 – Education Week
A 1999 Kentucky state law requiring the lowest-ranking schools—based on state test scores—to undergo scholastic audits has been remarkably successful. Now, even successful schools volunteer for the audits. Includes the accompanying story, "Audit Program Seeks Out Traits Found in Successful Schools."
April 7, 2004 – Education Week
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