The Wake County Board of Education is the local governing body of the Wake County Public School System. Its nine members are each elected from separate county districts and serve staggered four-year terms.
The school board sets policy for the school system that is implemented by the superintendent and administrative staff. The board also adopts an annual budget proposal that includes its request for local funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners as well as its plan for using state and federal funds. The school board does not have taxing authority.
The North Carolina State Board of Education, as legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly, provides statewide public school governance. The state is responsible for the majority of WCPSS's funding as well as oversight of core academic curricula.