The National School Boards Association (NSBA) compares the school policy system to Congress, state legislatures, and city or county council. School-board policies have the power within the education system that are similar to laws.

Function

School policies set directions for the district.
School policies set directions for the district.

By setting the various goals and assigning the proper authorities that make school governance and management possible, school policies clarify to the public exactly what the educators are accountable for.

Significance

School policy helps professionals govern our system of education in an orderly fashion. Since every school policy affects a child's education, each decision that is made is carefully considered by the school board.

National School Boards Association

The organization that represents public school governance and policy is called the National School Boards Association (NSBA), founded in 1940. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through school-board leadership. NSBA claims to achieve their mission by ensuring the representation of school-board perspective before the federal government, as well as national organizations.

Benefits

School policy helps manage local school districts to reach the unified mission of serving the well-being of their students. Policy also helps open bridges of communication between the Parent Teacher Association and state school boards.

Procedures

When setting a policy, the superintendent of the school recommends a policy to the board of school directors. The NSBA states that each policy is reviewed by the appropriate staff before making any recommendations to the superintendent or school board.