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LCPS GRAND JURY RECOMMENDATIONS: REGULATION VS POLICY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

 

 

As LCPS goes through the process of reviewing, rewriting, and implementing the grand jury recommendations, it’s very important to pay attention to two keywords, “Regulation” and Policy”.  If changes are made via regulation, that’s done by the LCPS Administration.  The school board does NOT get to vote on it or amend it.  If changes are made via policy, usually created by the admin and lawyers, they can vote on and/or amend the policy.  This would include a new school board in 2024.

Regulations and policies are both used to guide decision-making and shape the behavior of individuals and organizations. However, they differ in some key ways:

  1. Authority: Regulations are issued by government agencies and have the force of law. They are legally binding and must be followed by individuals and organizations. Policies, on the other hand, are statements of principles or guidelines that are adopted by organizations or governments to guide their actions and decision-making. While policies may be influential, they do not have the same legal authority as regulations.

  2. Scope: Regulations tend to be more specific and detailed than policies. They often prescribe specific requirements or standards that must be met, and may include penalties for noncompliance. Policies, on the other hand, are generally more general in nature and may provide broad guidance on how an organization should approach a particular issue or challenge.

  3. Implementation: Regulations are typically implemented and enforced by government agencies, while policies may be implemented by a variety of organizations, including businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.

In summary, regulations are legally binding rules issued by government agencies, while policies are guidelines or principles adopted by organizations to guide their actions and decision-making.


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