A superintendent’s tenure is often tested, however unrealistically, by whether or not he or she can demonstrate that, even given fewer resources, more students are learning at higher rates, and dollars are being used more efficiently than in the past. But, even with the cleverest of finance directors, superintendents and pupil service directors can be stymied in their efforts by federal policy barriers. The best example of this roadblock is the maintenance of effort provisions found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read more »