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A school board governs local or state schools.
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School boards are organized by the state or locally for the government and management of schools found within a state or municipality. A school board's authority allows it to control the schools' curriculum, including classroom materials (e.g. textbooks, lab equipment, classroom displays, etc.), and even classroom expression. However, the school boards also are limited in their ability to remove certain materials from the curriculum.[1]

State laws tend to require obedience from subordinate employees, including classroom teachers, to follow the board's curriculum choices and other mandates. However, there is bargaining power between the school board and educators when it comes down to wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment. This bargaining is actually done between the school board and the teacher's union. The union represents the educators and bargains for the collective interest of its members.[2]


  1. http://public.findlaw.com/education/curriculum_standards.html
  2. http://public.findlaw.com/education/bargaining_agreements.html

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