EDLD6462 District School Finance

Course Description

This course is designed to acquaint students with principles, trends and practices in financing public education, including sources of school revenue, taxation and fiscal policies specifically addressing the superintendency (Field-based experience required).

This course is required for graduate students who are working toward Superintendent certification and will examine the exemplary leadership standards for Texas Superintendents as expressed in the State Board for Educator Certification competencies.

Course Credits: 4

PrerequisitesNo course prerequisites exist, however, admission to Graduate Studies or having been granted an exception by the Office of Graduate Studies is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

This course will examine the exemplary leadership standards for Texas Superintendents as expressed in the State Board for Educator Certification competencies. Specifically, Competency 8, states, "The superintendent knows how to apply principles of effective leadership and management in relation to district budgeting, personnel, resource utilization, financial management, and technology use." Candidates for the Superintendent Certification will be expected to master the superintendent standards to:

  • Apply procedures for effective budget planning and management; o Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop district budgets;
  • Facilitate effective account auditing and monitoring;
  • Establish district procedures for accurate and effective purchasing and financial record keeping and reporting;
  • Acquire, allocate, and manage resources according to district vision and priorities, including obtaining and using funding from various sources;
  • Use district and staff evaluation data for personnel policy development and decision making;
  • Apply knowledge of certification requirements and standards;
  • Apply knowledge of legal requirements associated with personnel management, including requirements relating to recruiting, screening, selecting, evaluating, disciplining, reassigning, and dismissing personnel;
  • Manage one’s own time and the time of others to maximize attainment of district goals;
  • Develop and implement plans for using technology and information systems to enhance school district operations;
  • Apply pertinent legal concepts, regulations, and codes, (Test Framework for Superintendent, 2002).

While the course concentrates on mastering the standards of Competency 8, students will also recognize the application of other standards (e.g., Competency 2, standard 6, 'The superintendent knows how to facilitate the development, use, and allocation of all available resources, including human resources, to support implementation of the district's vision and goals'). Superintendent candidates will discover other standards being applied throughout the course, including some of the NCATE Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards (e.g., Standard 3, 'Superintendent candidates are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment'/ supported by elements such as ‘demonstrating the ability to organize a district based on indicators of equity, effectiveness, and efficiency and can apply legal principles that promote Sample Syllabus Page 3 of 17 educational equity'). So by the end of this course, Superintendent Candidates will clearly understand national and state standards regarding public school finance. Today's Superintendent must demonstrate learner-centered leadership as he or she encourages and nurtures maximum student performance and helps improve staff productivity and parent participation in educational success for all. To better acquaint you with the 10 Superintendent Competencies, please visit the following web site: http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/. 

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