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GAO urges Education Department to reflect on flexibility waivers to better help states implement ESSA

from Education World

After a year of investigation, the Government Accountability Office has issued a report that urges the Department of Education to evaluate and reflect on its past experiences with Flexibility Waivers to better support states as they begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Flexibility initiative that the GAO is referring to was created in 2011 so that states could work around the long-expired provisions of No Child Left Behind; those waivers officially expired just days ago on Aug. 1, 2016. Nearly every state applied for a waiver after the initiative's introduction, with 43 states eventually being granted one. more


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