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Governor:Michael L. Parson
Commissioner of Education:Margie Vandeven
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:917,785
Number of school districts:571
Number of public schools:2,427
Number of public school teachers:67,356
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,875
Percent minority students:27.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:51.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.6%
Percent of English-language learners:3.2%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.3%
8th grade math:30.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.5%
8th grade reading:35.4%

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By and large, teachers in the southeastern corner of Missouri known as the Bootheel have been slow to seek out added training to teach English as a second language. Although some districts in the Bootheel have dozens of English-language learners and others have only a few, training in teaching students with limited English skills is becoming more critical.
May 11, 2005 – Education Week
Spanish is the most common language among limited-English-proficient students.
May 11, 2005 – Education Week
The Vatican has dismissed on a technicality a complaint that the St. Louis-based Association of Catholic Elementary Educators filed in August charging that the head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was violating church law by not permitting teachers in Roman Catholic elementary schools to unionize.
February 23, 2005 – Education Week
Six months after a corporate-turnaround company finished work aimed at fixing the St. Louis public schools, the leadership of the district is in turmoil.
January 12, 2005 – Education Week
Voters showed caution about sending more money to public schools or dramatically changing course on education policy, as they decided school-related questions on state ballots last week.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week
The fate of the largest charter school in Kansas City, Mo., has reached the state's highest court, as an unusual legal battle continues between the school and its sponsoring district.
September 8, 2004 – Education Week
The Independence, Mo., school district offers a glimpse at how a typical American school system is coping with the No Child Left Behind Act's tough academic standards. It's a complex portrait.
June 9, 2004 – Education Week
Louisiana and Missouri are the targets of lawsuits by groups of school districts that want those states to overhaul their school funding formulas.
January 14, 2004 – Education Week
The Kansas City, Mo., public school system averted a state takeover after state officials decided last week that the district had improved just enough to have its unaccredited status lifted.
April 24, 2002 – Education Week
Missouri is poised to become the first state to earmark money specifically for charter school sponsors to oversee such schools, national charter school experts say.
May 2, 2001 – Education Week

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