Queensland's public schools will have greater control over their budgets under a new federal program.
School Education Minister Peter Garrett has announced 131 state, 30 Catholic and 18 independent schools will receive $7.5 million in grants this year.
The grants won't be tied to preconditions, so school principals and committees will be able to direct resources to suit their needs.
Mr Garrett says evidence from similar programs in Australia and overseas shows giving schools more power over their own resources helps lift student attendance rates and improve academic results.
"Local school principals and communities are best placed to make the right decision for their schools and students," he told reporters in Brisbane.
"We want to see that happening in every school, in every community."