In the United States, education is thought of as a local responsibility. There are no national schools; there are not even state schools. Instead, schools are the responsibility of the local school district, which may be a county, or a city, or a township. Schools are typically funded through local taxes, and in many places the school tax and the school budgets are things the local voters must approve in special elections. The tax to support schools is the "school levy", and "school levy campaigns" are election campaigns to persuade voters either to approve or disapprove the proposed school budget and school tax for that year.