Fact Sheet: Key Authorities in U.S. Public Education

In the U.S., states are given the authority to oversee the delivery of education. As a result, there are variations in degrees of authority that a school district or state has over education policies and oversight. Complex organizational hierarchies and variations between states, districts, and individuals schools can make it difficult for families to know where to turn for assistance. The following presents an overview of the roles of key authorities common to school sites, districts, and states.