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The Local Board of Education's Role in Public Education

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Schooling that is free and available to all is called _____ education.

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1. The _____ government sets educational policy.

2. How does the local government carry out educational policy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Local control over public education, typically through an elected board or committee, has been a longstanding tradition throughout the United States. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the different roles state governments and local boards of education play in overseeing public education and operating local schools.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of public education
  • The level of government that sets educational policy
  • The level of government that carries out educational policy
  • Types of state policies for public education
  • Limits of a local school board's authority

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowldge application - use the knowledge you've gained about local school boards to answer questions about their role and responsibilities in public education
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the state role in public education with the role of a local board
  • Making connections - examine why local boards generally make decisions about purchasing text books and other aspects of school spending and budgets
  • Critical thinking - apply your knowledge of a state's ability to set policies and standards to examine a local board of education's impact in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the local board of education's impact on public education. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand a local school board's authority over a community's schools
  • Know some of the ways in which local boards implement state policies
  • Understand state authority over teacher certification
  • Define a school district's action plan
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