In the United States, public education is largely a state and local responsibility. To govern the state’s education system, states typically charge a Chief State School Officer, often called the State Superintendent, and a State Board of Education with oversight and directing powers. Who serves in these positions, however, is determined in different ways depending on the state in which they serve. Most states operate using one of the four models explained here.

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For limited-government conservatives, slamming your door on the person who says, “I’m with the federal government and I’d like to ask you a few questions” may indeed be a natural response. It is not, however, considerably helpful, especially to the conservative cause. In fact, Alabamians failing to be counted in the 2020 Census could fuel debilitating blows to the conservative movement, both in Alabama and across the nation.