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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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Forty-one Mississippi school districts have been accused of failing to provide their workers with mandatory overtime pay totaling millions of dollars. The charges have come in a flurry of recent lawsuits that legal experts say could spark copycat litigation in other states.
October 11, 2000 – Education Week
Mississippi teachers are scheduled to receive raises aimed at increasing their pay to regionally competitive levels, under a bill signed last week by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
May 10, 2000 – Education Week
The Mississippi Association of Educators did something recently that had never happened before: The state's largest teachers' union endorsed a Republican for lieutenant governor.
October 13, 1999 – Education Week

A Mississippi school district has agreed to end its longtime policies of having black and white co-principals at one of its high schools and holding race-conscious class elections.

November 12, 1997 – Education Week

Six "quiet kids," all current or former students at Pearl High School in Mississippi, were charged last week by police in a plot to kill fellow students.

October 15, 1997 – Education Week

Hernando High School in DeSoto County, Miss., is a place frozen in time.

June 4, 1997 – Education Week
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The U.S. Supreme Court refused last week to revive a 1994 Mississippi law that authorized "voluntary" student prayers at assemblies, sports events, and other school activities.

November 13, 1996 – Education Week
Just days before his contract was to be terminated for failing the National Teachers Examination, Jackson, Miss., schools Superintendent T.C. Wallace retook and passed the test, allowing him to keep his job.
July 10, 1996 – Education Week
June 12, 1996 – Education Week

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