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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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Gov. Ronnie Musgrove boasted in his State of the State Address last week that Mississippi had reached its goal of installing an Internet-ready computer in every classroom in the state.
January 15, 2003 – Education Week
Mississippi teachers will see pay raises starting this fall—after the legislature decided in a one-day summer session that their pay shouldn't be held hostage to a sputtering economy.
August 8, 2001 – Education Week
Representatives in a long-running desegregation lawsuit involving Mississippi's higher education system have reached a $503 million settlement that is intended to address decades of deliberate racial segregation in state colleges and universities.
May 2, 2001 – Education Week
Some high school students in the Midwest skipped class to help sandbag buildings in flood-threatened towns along the Mississippi River last week, as rising waters closed some schools and turned others into shelters.
April 25, 2001 – Education Week
No state but Mississippi has passed a law such as this: All public schools shall post "In God We Trust" in every classroom, auditorium, and cafeteria. "Our nation was founded as a godly nation, and we put it on our money," Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, said as he signed the bill into law March 23.
April 4, 2001 – Education Week
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

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