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CDE's Tasks and Responsibilities

Unlike some other states people may be moving from, Colorado is - both by citizen preference and state law - a "local control" state. This means that many pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade public education decisions - on issues such as curriculum, personnel, school calendars, graduation requirements, and classroom policy - are made by the 178 school districts and their local school boards.

However, the people of Colorado felt that some facets of education, such as educator licensing and district accreditation, required leadership at the state level. Following that lead, the Colorado General Assembly established the existence of a State Board of Education to provide guidance on education issues, and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to administer education details for the Board.

These are the Colorado Department of Education's tasks at the state level. CDE:

For a better feel of the breadth of CDE responsibilities, browse the rest of our CDE Web pages or check out the Offices section.


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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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