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About Oregon

About Oregon

Oregon has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Director. The State Board consists of 7 members appointed to 4-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 7 Members; Appointed; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Director

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Tina Kotek

  • State Director of Education: Charlene Williams

  • 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 Oregon Department of Education reports there are over 1,200 K-12 public schools within the state’s 197 districts. From 2016 to 2020, Oregon experienced a gradual increase in public school enrollment. After pandemic conditions hit in 2020, Oregon had over 20,000 students disenroll from the public school system. For the 2020-2021 year, 560,917 students enrolled in Oregon’s public schools. In the same year, there were over 70,000 full-time school staff, with 30,000 being teachers.

    To support school choice, Oregon had temporary open enrollment from 2012 to 2019. Families may still request a transfer to another school within their district. Other Oregon public school options include charter and magnet schools. Alternatives to public school in Oregon are private school, online school, and homeschool (where it’s required to notify the state).





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