posted by Ashley .
Identify the roles district, state, and federal government agencies have in your local schools. Which agency do you feel has the most significant influence in making policy and curriculum decisions at the local level? Why?
This is what I came up with. Please give me some input? How does it sound?
The U.S. Education system:
The Federal government consists of the President, Congress, Secretary, and U.S. Department of Education. State Level consists of the Governor, Legislature, Chief state school officer, and State department of education. District consists of the Superintendent, Board and District office staff.
The organization of nearly all schools is by classrooms, with the principal being the line authority. At district levels each school reports to the superintendent. However, policies are established by the school board. The school board usually consists of teachers, parents, and community representatives. The purpose of the school board is to give these individuals a voice in the schools governance. All schools, public and private, are under the authority of the state, including the state board of education and the state legislature.
The state and district agencies do have influence in making policy and curriculum decisions at local levels. But I feel the federal government has the most influence. The No Child Left Behind Act is an example of federal government being involved in school systems. The NCLB act includes many mandates to states and school districts. Through the NCLB the federal government holds the state and districts accountable for their actions. In other words everything flows down hill and in this case it starts with the Federal Government. This is why I believe the Federal government has the most influence on local level.