School policy
U.S. Department of Education

School policy

I am concerned about a school policy or its implementation. Can you help?

Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the U.S.  In creating the Department of Education, Congress made clear its intention that the secretary of education and other Department officials be prohibited from exercising “any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system.”  The establishment of schools and colleges, the development of curricula, the setting of requirements for enrollment and graduation—these are responsibilities handled by states and communities, as well as by public and private organizations, not by the U.S. Department of Education.

For this reason, with a few exceptions related to federal legislation, most questions or concerns about a school policy should be directed to the school district or state department of education.  Questions about a teacher, a class, a grade, disciplinary action, or curriculum should all be addressed by the school, school district, or state.

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  • Topic #: 28022-679
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 02/04/2016
  • Viewed: 1774

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