I'm assuming that this applies to most sd's: I had thought that the highest person I could go to in the sd would be the director of Special Education (for a difficult child that's on an IEP), with the exception of course, of the superintendent's office. I recently learned that the sd has a compliance officer who does not take the same stance as everyone else. This lady, so far, has been very nice and helpful and has not tried to look for loopholes for the sd. I just thought I'd throw that out for others who might be "reaching" for help from the director of Special Education but getting the same CYA attitude. Maybe, call the sd central office and ask to speak with the compliance director.