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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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A Missouri university that withdrew its membership and joined a rival accrediting group after being put on probation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is now championing legislation that would lessen state oversight of teacher-training programs.
April 7, 1999 – Education Week

The U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to hear the appeal of Cecilia "Cissy" Lacks, the Missouri teacher fired for allowing her students to use profanity in their creative-writing assignments.

March 17, 1999 – Education Week
Kansas City, Mo., school board members have accused the state's law-enforcement agencies of squirreling away millions of dollars of seized drug money that they say rightfully belongs to public schools.
February 10, 1999 – Education Week
A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict in favor of a Missouri teacher whose employment-discrimination lawsuit alleged that she was dismissed because her notes to students discussing "magic rocks" offended the religious sensibilities of the community.
April 22, 1998 – Education Week
Any student caught cheating on a college-entrance exam faces immediate cancellation of his test scores and typically needs to take the exam again to meet college-admissions requirements.
April 15, 1998 – Education Week

The St. Louis school board and superintendent would become the first casualties of the transition to a new post-desegregation era in Missouri, under a plan endorsed by a special joint legislative committee.

December 10, 1997 – Education Week

A federal appeals court has rejected Missouri's latest bid to halt the St. Louis desegregation plan, which sends 13,000 inner-city black students to suburban schools and 1,500 white students into the city at state expense.

October 8, 1997 – Education Week
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Gov. Mel Carnahan, a Democrat, concocted what looked like a recipe for political disaster.

October 23, 1996 – Education Week
May 29, 1996 – Education Week

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