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California has a three-level public education system, including the California Department of Education, county offices of education, and local school districts.

Regulations, funding, and policy decisions are generally established at the state level.

At the same time, the day-to-day delivery of instruction is the responsibility of more than 1,000 local school districts throughout the state.

The 58 county offices of education are the intermediate level of the public education system. County offices provide a support infrastructure for local schools and districts.

County Offices of Education also fulfill state mandates to approve school district budgets and LCAPs, register teacher credentials, complete employee background checks, certify school attendance records and develop countywide programs to serve students with special needs. 

Please watch the short video below to find out more.