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In 2010, the superintendent received compensation in the amount of $151,127.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed June 23, 2011.]</ref> The superintendent's salary, like that of all other state elected officials, is determined by the California Citizens Compensation Commission on an annual basis. The last time the secretary's compensation was changed was 2009, when the office's salary and benefits were cut by 18 percent.
 
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Revision as of 09:35, 16 June 2013

California Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $56,948,972,000
Term limits:  2 terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  California Education Code, Title 2, Division 2, Part 20, Chapter 3, Article 1, Sections 33302/33303
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Tom-Torlakson.jpg
Name:  Tom Torlakson
Assumed office:  January 3, 2011
Compensation:  $151,127
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The California Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected, constitutional, state executive position in the California state government. The superintendent oversees the California Department of Education and, by extension, all of the state of California's public schools. He or she executes the policies of the California Board of Education, which is the school system's primary governing body. The superintendent also manages the operational side of the school system; he or she licenses teachers, maintains school property, and fulfills other administrative duties.

Current officeholder

The current superintendent is Tom Torlakson, a Democrat, who was first elected in 2010 and assumed office on January 3, 2011. Torlakson will next be up for re-election in 2014, if he chooses to run.

Before becoming superintendent, Torlakson served in the California Assembly from 2008 to 2010 and the state Senate from 2000 to 2008. He was a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1996 and served as chair in 1984, 1989 and 1994. Professionally, Torlakson has extensive experience as an educator; he was an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010, a teacher at Mount Diablo High School from 1972 to 1981 and a coach at Antioch High School from 1973 to 2003. He also worked at Kosich Insurance Company from 1989 to 2010. Torlakson holds an M.A. in Education, a teaching certificate and a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley[1]

Authority

The office of superintendent is established by California statute.[2]

California Education Code, Sections 33302 and 33303

33302. The Department of Education shall be conducted under the control of an executive officer known as the Director of Education.

33303. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is ex officio Director of Education.

Qualifications

Like all state elected officials, the superintendent of education must be a registered voter in the state. Additionally, he or she must not have served two terms in office since November 6, 1990, when state office term limits were adopted into the state constitution.[3]

Elections

Superintendents are elected every four years during gubernatorial election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Winners take office on the first Monday in January following their election.[4] The office of superintendent is technically non-partisan, so all candidates run without any party affiliation in both primary and general elections.[5]

California Constitution, Article 2, Section 6

(a) All judicial, school, county, and city offices, including the Superintendent of Public Instruction, shall be nonpartisan.

(b) A political party or party central committee shall not nominate a candidate for nonpartisan office, and the candidate's party preference shall not be included on the ballot for the nonpartisan office.

Term limits

Superintendents of public instruction, much like constitutional state executives like the governor or secretary of state, face an absolute limit of two terms in office.[6]

Vacancies

Vacancies in the office of superintendent are filled by the governor.[7]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the California Department of Education Organizational Chart as of November 2012.

Duties

The superintendent of public instruction is the administrative head of the California Department of Education; he or she executes the policies made by the state Board of Education and oversees the operation of the state's public school system. The superintendent provides local and county school boards with blank teachers certificates, oversees all state education employees, organizes adult education programs, evaluates the performance of public schools and manages departmental facilities and resources, among other duties.[8]

Divisions

  • Curriculum, Learning & Accountability
  • Finance, Technology & Administration
  • Government Affairs & Charter Development
  • Legal, Audits & Compliance
  • Special Services & Support[9]

State budget

The budget for the State Department of Education in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $56,948,972,000.[10]

Compensation

In 2010, the superintendent received compensation in the amount of $151,127.[11] The superintendent's salary, like that of all other state elected officials, is determined by the California Citizens Compensation Commission on an annual basis. The last time the secretary's compensation was changed was 2009, when the office's salary and benefits were cut by 18 percent.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term California + Superintendent + Public + Instruction

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact info

Mailing address:
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-0800

See also

External links

References