There are 58 county offices of education that provide services to the state’s school districts. The county offices have elected governing boards and are administered by elected or appointed county superintendents.
The county superintendent is responsible for examining and approving school district budgets and expenditures. The passage of Assembly Bill 1200 (1991) gave the county superintendent additional powers to enforce sound budgeting to ensure the fiscal integrity of the district. The superintendent is also responsible for calling school district elections and assisting with school district emergencies by providing necessary services.
County offices of education support school districts by performing tasks that can be done more efficiently and economically at the county level. County offices provide or help formulate new curricula, staff development and training programs, and instructional procedures; design business and personnel systems; and perform many other services to meet changing needs and requirements. When economic or technical conditions make county or regional services most appropriate for students, county offices provide a wide range of services, including special and vocational education, programs for youths at risk of failure, and instruction in juvenile detention facilities.
In addition, several statutes now give county offices of education responsibility for monitoring districts for adequate textbooks, facilities, and teacher qualifications.