The U.S. Public Education System


Civics State and Local Governments The U.S. Public Education System
Students learn that states—not the federal government—are responsible for public education. Next they read a state constitution section on education and restate it in their own words. Then they diagram how schools receive financial support from the federal, state, and local governments, and they learn what bonds are. Finally, they take a stand on a state referendum affecting public education.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn that states—not the federal government—are responsible for public education. Next they read a state constitution section on education and restate it in their own words. Then they diagram how schools receive financial support from the federal, state, and local governments, and they learn what bonds are. Finally, they take a stand on a state referendum affecting public education.

Objectives

  • Identify the roles of local, state, and federal government in providing public education.
  • Explain how public schools are funded.




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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are over 50.4 million students attending U.S. public schools in close to 100,000 schools, pre-kindergarten through grade 12. This system of public education costs about $11,000 per student, on average. In this experience, you will learn how local, state, and federal funds combine to support public education in America.

Objectives

  • Identify the roles of local, state, and federal government in providing public education.
  • Explain how public schools are funded.


What do you think is a source of funding that pays for these public schools? State your answer in a word or short phrase.

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Discuss student responses. Do not correct misconceptions at this point. Tell students that they will learn about funding sources in this experience.


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