Department of Education Announces it will Set up Waiver Process for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that the Department will set up a waiver application process by mid-September for states and local districts in light of stalled efforts by Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also known as No Child Left Behind.  Through the waiver process, the Secretary will waive the current law’s requirement that all students achieve proficiency in reading and math by 2014.  The waivers will be designed to offer “regulatory flexibility” so that states and local districts can “raise standards, boost quality, and improve our lowest-performing schools.”  Exactly what that means remains to be seen.  The Arc will monitor the process to ensure that accountability for all students, including those with disabilities, remains a lynchpin of the law.  Read an article on this topic in Education Week’s blog.

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