The state of Nebraska, through the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) serves 254 school districts, 1,102 public schools, and over 22,400 teachers to provide educational opportunities for over 307,677 public school students. NDE is organized into teams that interact to operate the agency and carry out the duties assigned by state and federal statutes and the policy directions of the State Board of Education. The teams are organized around distinct functions and responsibilities that encompass leadership and support for Nebraska’s system of early childhood, primary, secondary and postsecondary education; direct services to clients; and internal support to the agency. The department carries out its duties on behalf of Nebraska students in public, private, and nonpublic school systems. The staff of the department interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate, and improve educational programs.