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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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