The Superintendent as Scapegoat

January 10, 2006 1 min read

For today’s school superintendents, job security is increasingly hard to find. As the politics of education have changed and the range of politically feasible scapegoats has shrunk, superintendents are easy targets when things don’t go right in school districts.

In this Education Week Commentary, former school board member J.H. Snider argues that “lightning rod” superintendents—leaders who stabilize the system and get quick results but still find themselves in hot water when it comes to the blame game—are unfairly victimized. Do you agree?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.