California’s public education system consists of three levels — state, district and county.
Regulations, funding and fundamental policy is established at the state level, while the day-to-day education of students is the responsibility individual school districts.
County offices of education are the third level and provide an important support system for local schools and districts. KCSOS does not oversee or govern any one Kern County district, but rather serves and supports them all.
Specifically, the Kern County Office of Education audits and approves district budgets, helps formulate new curricula, assists with staff development and training programs, among much more. Additionally, direct instruction for thousands of students is offered through special education, alternative education, Regional Occupational Programs and early childhood education.
KCSOS also has the responsibility of monitoring districts for adequate textbooks, facilities and teacher qualifications.