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About Pennsylvania

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Secretary of Education. The State Board consists of 21 members with 17 appointed and 4 elected to 6-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 21 Members; 17 Appointed/4 Elected; 6-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Secretary of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Josh Shapiro

  • State Secretary of Education: Khalid Mumin

  • 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

  • Using the most recent data available, the Pennsylvania Department of Education reports that 1,696,022 students are enrolled in its public school system. The state has 120,834 public school teachers and an average four-year graduation rate of 86.6%.

    Pennsylvania offers several school choice options for families. The state has an open enrollment policy, which allows families to attend public schools outside of their assigned district. Other public school options in Pennsylvania include charter and magnet schools. Pennsylvania also offers two tax-credit scholarship programs that assist with private school tuition. Homeschooling is another Pennsylvania school option; it is required to notify the state.



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