Puerto Rico Department of Education

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Department of Education of Puerto Rico
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Agency overview
Formed April 12, 1900; 117 years ago (1900-04-12)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Public Instruction of Puerto Rico
Type Executive department
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the government of Puerto Rico
Headquarters San Juan, Puerto Rico
Employees 75,000
Annual budget $3.5 billion USD
Agency executive
Key documents
Website www.de.gobierno.pr

The Department of Education of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico) is the executive department of the government of Puerto Rico responsible of managing state-operated schools in Puerto Rico as well as its education system and curricula.[1] The department is the result of a United States state department of education and only one of two in the United States composed of a single school district. It is also the largest agency of the executive branch of Puerto Rico with an annual budget of more than $3.5 billion USD and over 72,000 staff—including more than 41,000 teachers.[2][3] The department is also the third largest school district in the United States by enrollment with over 473,000 students and over 1,500 schools.[4][5]

The department was formerly known as the Department of Public Instruction of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Departamento de Instrucción Pública de Puerto Rico). Under local law, all public schools are required to be licensed by the Puerto Rico Education Council ("Consejo de Educación"). The existence of a physical plant, presence of labs and library, sanitary conditions, as well as a satisfactory curriculum and properly trained teachers, are all factors considered in the process. The licensing is an important consumer rights issues for parents in both public and private schools. The licensing makes it more straightforward for parents when evaluating schools for their children relating to both quality and compliance. It also clarifies the remedies available to parents where their children's education falls below the expected standard. It was legislated to provide parents of students attending public schools the same level of protection as parents in private schools, by requiring the minimum standards of quality applicable to private school attendees.


School uniforms[edit]

The department requires all students to wear school uniforms and only disallows them for medical exemptions.[6]

Secretaries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Data for the Biennial Report to Congress on Violence and Drug Use in Elementary and Secondary Schools in Puerto Rico." Puerto Rico Department of Education
  2. ^ ¿Cómo negociar con el Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico? (in Spanish), Department of Education of Puerto Rico, retrieved August 5, 2013, El Departamento de Educación es la agencia más grande de toda la Rama Ejecutiva del Gobierno del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. Esta agencia cuenta con alrededor de setenta y dos mil (72,000) empleados, distribuidos en 1,538 escuelas, ochenta y cuatro (84) distritos escolares, diez (10) regiones educativas y una oficina central. 
  3. ^ Presupuesto Aprobado 2012–2013 Departamento de Educación (in Spanish), Office of Management and Budget of Puerto Rico, retrieved August 5, 2013 
  4. ^ Sable, Jennifer; Plotts, Chris; Mitchell, Lindsey; Chen, Chen-Su (November 2010), Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2008–09 (PDF), Institute of Education Sciences, retrieved August 5, 2013 
  5. ^ Miller, Gary; Lugo, Ariel (June 2009), Guide to the Ecological Systems of Puerto Rico. (PDF), International Institute of Tropical Forestry, retrieved August 4, 2013, ... making it the third largest school district in the United States. 
  6. ^ Reglamento de Estudiantes (PDF) (in Spanish), Department of Education of Puerto Rico, retrieved March 22, 2009 

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