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California Department of Education
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Release: #18-5
January 19, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Torlakson Appoints
New Charter Schools Division Director

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that he has appointed Lisa Constancio as Director of the Charter Schools Division. Her division oversees State Board of Education-approved charter schools throughout California and administers the Federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program.

Constancio most recently served as a consultant with the CDE’s School Facilities Planning and Transportation Services Division. During her 11 years there, she helped to design charter schools, review State Board of Education chartered schools facilities, and advised on state and federal capital funding opportunities.

“Lisa’s years of experience in program administration and her history of creating positive relationships with local education agencies, charter school advocacy groups, legislative staff, and other state agencies will be a great asset in providing leadership to her division,” Torlakson said. “Innovative charter schools help California’s children learn by including programs that offer everything from an emphasis on foreign languages to performing and fine arts.”

Prior to joining CDE, Constancio was the Operations Manager for the Department of General Services’ Office of Public School Construction, where she worked with leaders of the charter community in crafting the regulations for the $1 billion Charter School Facility Program funded through state general obligation bonds. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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