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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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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
Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, and New Jersey are among the states that could be affected.
November 14, 2007 – Education Week
Kentucky and Mississippi also will select their governors in the 2007 electoral season.
October 31, 2007 – Education Week
A year after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, many preschools, child-care centers, and other early-childhood programs in the region are still struggling to reopen.
September 6, 2006 – Education Week
States and school districts that opened their doors to students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are anxiously watching the fate of $650 million in a potential second round of federal aid to cover the costs of educating such students.
May 10, 2006 – Education Week

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