About California

About California

California has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent. The State Board consists of 11 members appointed to 4-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • Education in State Constitution: Article IX: Sections 1-16

  • Education in State Code: EDC: Titles 1-3

  • State Board Members: 11 Members; Appointed; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Superintendent

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Gavin Newsom

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • According to Ed Data, there were 6,163,001 students enrolled in the California public school system as of 2020.

    California has 1,035 school districts that cover a variety of school types. These include County Offices of Education (COEs), elementary school districts, high school districts, State Board of Education Charters, state special schools, a statewide benefit charter, and unified school districts.

    In 2020, California had 2,695 private schools attended by 449,815 students.


Here we’ve collected links to additional resources so you can become better acquainted with your state system.