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June 26, 2013

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for New Hampshire 39 States and DC Now Approved for Waivers

The Obama Administration today approved the State of New Hampshire for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

June 21, 2013

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Alabama 38 States and DC now Approved for Waivers

The Obama administration today approved the state of Alabama for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

February 7, 2013

No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers

(As submitted to the Committee. The Secretary deviated from these remarks.)

September 10, 2012

Seven More States, Puerto Rico and Bureau of Indian Education Request NCLB Flexibility

The Obama Administration today has received requests from seven new states, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

February 29, 2012

26 More States and D.C. Seek Flexibility from NCLB to Drive Education Reforms in Second Round of Requests

Twenty-six new states and the District of Columbia have formally submitted requests to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind. This adds to the 11 states that the Obama Administration announced earlier this month had developed and agreed to implement bold education reforms in exchange for relief from burdensome federal mandates.

ESEA Flexibility Requests and Related Documents

This page provides access to ESEA Flexibility Requests submitted by states, and other related documents.

September 23, 2011

Obama Administration Sets High Bar for Flexibility from No Child Left Behind in Order to Advance Equity and Support Reform

Washington — In an effort to support local and state education reform across America, the White House today outlined how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—or No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—in exchange for serious state-led efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all student

July 13, 2011

Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Passage of H.R. 2445

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released this statement regarding the House Education and Workforce Committee's Passage of H.R. 2445:

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