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Central Office, Role and Costs of

The central office is the administrative center of a school district, responsible for the operations of schools within its defined area. Its locus of control is broad and paramount to the experience of school administration, teachers, and students, with responsibility for district leadership and partnerships, finance and operations, human capital management, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation and accountability. To the extent that the central office shares its responsibilities with other levels of the educational system (e.g., the state and schools), its operating costs will vary, but they remain a small percentage of the overall education budget. The role of the central office, and subsequently the cost of its services, is highly debated in the educational arena. This entry describes the roles, responsibilities, and major functions ...

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