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On Wednesday, the California State Board of Education heard from Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin regarding the federal requirements for a waiver of 10 provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Yudin appeared before the Board at to discuss the waiver with the Board, butno formal Board action was taken. Further discussion is scheduled for Jan. 11.

On Wednesday, the California State Board of Education heard from Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin regarding the federal requirements for a waiver of 10 provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Yudin appeared before the Board at to discuss the waiver with the Board, butno formal Board action was taken. Further discussion is scheduled for Jan. 11.

ESEA, most recently reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, is an extensive law that directs federal funding to K-12 schools and school districts serving low income students and requires states to implement school accountability systems as specified by the law.

In September, President Obama’s administration announced that states may apply for a waiver of certain provisions of ESEA in exchange for
implementing an alternative set of accountability provisions, as specified by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Board is responsible for deciding whether California will apply for the ESEA waiver and would need to approve the state’s application by vote of its members.

States will have multiple opportunities to apply for the ESEA waiver, including at the conclusion of the 2011–12 school year.

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