U.S. Department of Education approves ESEA flexibility renewal for Minnesota, four other states

U.S. Department of Education approves ESEA flexibility renewal for Minnesota, four other states

Source: U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia have each received a four-year renewal for flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

This year, Congress is working on an overhaul of ESEA, which has been due for reauthorization since 2007. But until a new law is in place, the law continues to stand. This means states need a new round of waivers that provide flexibility from top-down, prescriptive provisions of the law so that they can continue implementing innovative changes that ensure all children receive a high-quality education. These four-year renewals provide states with stability as they continue to work on preparing all students for success in college, careers and life.

“While a strong, bipartisan reauthorization of the law remains our top priority, we want to continue to empower state and district leaders to develop plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity and improve the quality of instruction,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “We will continue to partner with states to support them through the ESEA flexibility process — starting with these five states.”

Please visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-approves-esea-flexibility-renewal-five-states-through-expedited-decision-process to view the complete press release.

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