Puerto Rico Department of Education

Puerto Rico Department of Education

The Puerto Rico Department of Education[1] (Spanish: Departamento de Educación del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, literally "Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico") is the department of Puerto Rico's government which manages state-operated schools in the United States commonwealth. The department is the equivalent of a state department of education and only one of two composed of a single school district. It is the largest state-level department of education in the nation, with a $3 billion annual budget, over 75,000 staff, including 40,000 teachers, and about half a million students.

The department was formerly known as the Departamento de Instrucción Pública del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.


School uniforms

The department requires all students to wear school uniforms and only allows for medical exemptions. [2]

Secretaries of Education

  • Odette Piñeiro 2009-
  • Carlos A. Chardón 2009
  • Rafael Aragunde 2005-2008
  • César Rey 2001-2004
  • Víctor Fajardo
  • Herman Sulsona
  • María Mercedes Lacot
  • Carlos A. Chardón 1977
  • Angel Quintero-Alfaro


External links

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