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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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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)
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments next week in two disputes over government displays of the Ten Commandments, some school law experts will be listening almost as closely as if the words were rolling down from Mount Sinai.
February 23, 2005 – Education Week
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
Kentucky’s governing body for higher education voted last week to put in place a statewide standard aimed at reducing the number of college freshmen who need remedial courses.
November 17, 2004 – 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
Passed in 2000 as part of a comprehensive bill on children's health care, a Kentucky eye-exam requirement, which requires children to undergo eye exams before they start school, is the first and only law of its kind in the United States.
April 30, 2003 – Education Week
Kentucky schools suspend students far too often—especially black students, who are booted from school two to 17 times as often as whites in some districts, a report concludes.
March 5, 2003 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear an appeal from parents who had sought to hold media companies partly responsible for the 1997 school shooting spree in West Paducah, Ky., that killed three students.
January 29, 2003 – Education Week
Community opposition to a gay-straight student club is pushing an eastern Kentucky coal-mining county to the forefront of a broader cultural debate, as more of the groups form on school campuses nationwide.
November 27, 2002 – Education Week
Kentucky educators know that their budgets for the next school year will need to be lean. They just wish they knew how lean.
May 29, 2002 – Education Week

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