Educational Policy

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  • A policy that designs and regulates education at three levels: federal, state, and local. In the United States, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution limits the federal role in public education. Most education policy is determined at the state and local levels. Prior to the mid 20th century, the design and regulation of public school education were typically left to local school districts. During and since the 1980s, control moved from local to federal and state and then to state and building levels (with site-based management). Accountability measures and earmarking of federal money keep federal control over the implementation of policy significant.

    Prior to the 1980s, educators, educational administrators, and others directly involved in schooling were considered to be the experts on education policy and were ...

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