Introducing The 101: New OCDE website breaks down complex education issues

The 101 website

The Orange County Department of Education has developed a new website to unpack complex education issues. It’s called The 101, and it can be accessed at

As a companion to the OCDE Newsroom, The 101 seeks to break down complicated topics and explain who has oversight in posts that can be read quickly and shared easily with family, friends and neighbors. The site includes links to primary sources, including state and county agencies, for those who wish to take a deeper dive.

“In public education, there are countless laws, policies and governing bodies at the local, state and federal levels that have a direct impact on students, schools and instruction,” said County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares. “We had busy Orange County families in mind when we developed this website as a one-stop resource to find accurate information on noteworthy education-related issues.”   

Current topics include school district governance, curriculum and instruction, health education and ethnic studies. New topics and posts will be added over time, and the site features a form for readers to submit their questions. 

OCDE serves Orange County’s most vulnerable student populations and supports 28 local school districts with services necessary for their operations, including professional development, legal and fiscal guidance, high-speed internet access and security, payroll services and student enrichment.