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Governor:Phil Bryant
State Superintendent of Education:Carey Wright
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:490,917
Number of school districts:165
Number of public schools:1,107
Number of public school teachers:32,311
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,263
Percent minority students:54.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:73.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.5%
Percent of English-language learners:1.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.4%
8th grade math:24.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.5%
8th grade reading:24.6%

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Community connections forged during the civil rights era have helped sustain Head Start as a powerful presence for generations of Mississippians.
August 6, 2014 – Education Week
Cleveland, Miss., appears far from getting out from under federal court supervision decades after a desegregation case was filed.
May 14, 2014 – Education Week
March 12, 2014 – Education Week
In Clarksdale, a superintendent's recipe for improving schools includes themed magnet schools, tougher academics, citywide school choice, and a big infusion of grant money.
March 5, 2014 – Education Week
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
January 15, 2014 – Education Week
Student-discipline policies and practices in Mississippi are sending thousands of students into the juvenile-court system for school-based infractions, a new report finds.
January 23, 2013 – Education Week
July 11, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
The concept proves intriguing, but logistics and opposition lead many state lawmakers to move slowly.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week
Gov. Barbour faces major opposition to his plan, which also would consolidate school districts and merge historically black colleges.
December 9, 2009 – Education Week

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