State Agency Organization

State education agencies (SEAs), sometimes referred to as departments of education, generally have authority over student and teacher standards. SEAs implement most state-level policy initiatives and programs as well as manage the implementation of Federal programs such as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Some SEAs also oversee other programs such as adult education, early childhood education, professional licensure, and higher education within the state. School Liaisons should understand these areas of authority in order to know who to contact and where to go for appropriate services and resources for military-connected families.

The following organizational chart, from New York State, shows the lines of authority within a state education agency.

New York State Education Department Organization Chart
Figure 1. New York State Education Department Organization Chart