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K12 Governance

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K-12 Governance Structure in Colorado

Commissioner of Education

860,000 Students

Colorado Electorate

(Interprets laws)

• Direct link to schools • Oversees budget • Implements state and federal education laws • Ensures adherence to laws

Reports to and Hired by State Board of Education

State Board of Education

Supreme Court

Legislature

(enforces laws)

(makes laws)

Governor

• Appoints Commissioner of Education • Elected through partisan elections for 6-year term • Governs Colorado Department of Ed (CDE),     P-12 public  education, adult education and public libraries

General Fund Spending

38%

K-12

Healthcare

25%

Higher Ed

9%

9%

8%

12%

Human Services

Corrections

All Other

Colorado Department of Education

178 School Districts and superintendents

1,818 Schools

nearly 50,000 Teachers

Legislation

Worth Noting:  Commissioner of Education is the only state department chief who’s not appointed by the governor, yet the K-12 budget is the largest portion of state budget.

House

Senate

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