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Washington State Public Education:
A Guide for Students and Families

Who to contact when you need help

School Districts and their elected school boards have local authority over their schools. Washington state has 295 districts.

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. OSPI administers basic education programs and implements education reform. OSPI allocates federal and state funding to the 295 school districts. (360) 725-6000

The Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) provides information about the school system and family and community involvement in education. They also help resolve conflict between families and schools, and provide policymakers with recommendations to improve the education system. (866) 297-2597

The Commission on Hispanic Affairs improves public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community. (800) 443-0294

The Governor's Office of Indian Affairs serves as liaison between state and tribal governments in an advisory, resource, consultation, and educational capacity. (360) 902-8827

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs improves the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) by insuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, and other areas. (360) 725-5667

The Commission on African American Affairs defines issues pertaining to the rights and needs of African Americans and to advise state agencies. (360) 725-5664

The Washington State Human Rights Commission investigates human rights complaints based on Washington's Law against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). (800) 233-3247

Washington Department of Early Learning focuses on children's earliest years of life, offering information and resources for children's first and most important teachers – parents. (360) 725-4665

Washington P.A.V.E. is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. (800) 5-PARENT

Washington State Association for Multicultural Education is an association of representatives from public and private school districts, colleges, universities, local and state governmental agencies, organizations, businesses, and other groups which advocate for and support multicultural diversity and international education. (206) 522-5438

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights accepts complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. (206) 607-1625

The Washington State PTA is a nonprofit, membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school and community on behalf of all children and youth.

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