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Federalism/Local Control- glossary terms

Federal monies provided to states and school districts with few restrictions for use. block grants
Monies targeted for specific groups and designated purposes. categorical grants
Alternative schools that are independently operated but publicly funded. charter schools
An educational option in which parents educate their children at home homeschooling
A group of elected lay citizens responsible for setting policies that determine how a school district operates. local school board
The individual who has the ultimate administrative responsibility for the school’s operation. principal
An administrative unit within a state, defined by geographical boundaries, and legally responsible for the public education of children within those boundaries. school district
A school management reform movement that attempts to place increased responsibility for governance at the individual school level site-based decision making
A variation on school voucher programs in which parents are given tax credits for money they spend on private-school tuition. state tuition tax-credit plans
The school district’s head administrative officer, along with his or her staff, responsible for implementing that policy in the district’s schools. superintendent
A check or written document that parents can use to purchase educational services. voucher
The legal governing body that exercises general control and supervision of the schools in a state. state board of education
Office responsible for implementing a state’s education policy on a day-to-day basis. state office of education
Created by: jstatkus