There should be less bureaucracy for staff in teaching jobs, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
It made the claim in response to changes that grant more freedom to Academy schools and called for other institutions to share this advantage.
The LGA observed that in ten years, more than 1,300 pages of legislation from central government has been created relating to state schools.
It called for them to be released from so much centrally maintained control and said that councils are prepared to help the coalition government devise ways to keep education fair and efficient.
The LGA's chairman Dame Margaret Eaton recently warned against allowing a "two-tier" education system to develop now that all schools can apply to become academies.
"Councils' key priority is that the same quality of education can be offered to all students," she explained.
Dame Eaton called for "safeguards" to be put in place to prevent the fairness of education from becoming compromised.
Posted by Theo Foulds