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About Colorado

About Colorado

Colorado has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Commissioner. The State Board consists of 7 members elected to 6-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • Education in State Constitution: Article IX: Sections 1-17

  • Education in State Statutes: Title 22: Articles 1-98

  • State Board Members: 7 Members; Elected; 6-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Commissioner

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Jared Polis

  • State Commissioner of Education: Susana Córdova

  • 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

  • The Colorado Department of Education records 883,199 public school students enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. Those students attend one of the 178 districts in the state, most of which are considered rural. In fact, 88 districts have fewer than 500 students. There are approximately 1,914 public schools in the state.

    Many families choose alternative school options in Colorado. With 45 districts in the state allowing charter schools, Colorado boasts 260 charter schools with 126,947 students. The state also has 106 innovation schools that serve 49,621 students and 49 online schools with 21,863 students. In 2020, Colorado had 451 private schools with 51,271 students.


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