August 11th, 2015 The Department of Education denies California’s request for a waiver from SES.


Doe letter of Denial


Core flexibility waiver granted on August 6th, 2013

Highlights of Core Request

Acceptance letter

Core District Flexibility Request Documents

List of changes made to Flexibility request on May 28th 2013 with the resubmission

Other CORE information

Re-Submission Article

John Deasy, the Los Angeles superintendent, said in an interview with Education Week on Monday, January 14th, 2013 that eight districts—which banded together nearly two years ago to form a nonprofit organization known as CORE—that a “tremendous amount of work” has already been done on the waiver plan and that the districts believe it is “good, if not better than those that have already been approved.” Deasy said that CORE—which stands for California Office to Reform Education—had not yet submitted its waiver plan to the Education Department, but planned to do so soon. (John Fensterwald at EdSource also reported this on his blog this morning.)

Besides Los Angeles, the CORE districts include Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, along with Sanger Unified and Clovis Unified, two districts near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley. Combined, the districts educate more than 1 million students.

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March 1st, 2013. Santa Ana Unified joins CORE districts looking for waiver.

April 29th, 2013. Civil Rights groups write to Arne Duncan urging him to reject the CORE waiver request. Read Article


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May 10th 2012 Press Release from California Department of Education regarding California Waiver

June 15th 2012  Press Release from California Department of Education regarding California Waiver


California’s personal waiver application was denied by telephone in December 2012. January 4th, 2013 Mr Duncan formally responded to California’s request.

Letter of Rejection PDF


July 24, 2012: States have until Sept. 6 to apply for the last round of waivers. In a press call last week, Duncan left open the possibility that he would allow districts to apply for waivers in states that didn’t apply or had their applications rejected. Eight California districts that comprise CORE (California Office to Reform Education) have indicated they’d be first in line to apply. They include Los Angeles, Long Beach, Sacramento City, and Fresno unified districts. Read full article from EdSource here.

August 16th, 2012: The Tutor Report learned today from the Education Industry Association that California will continue to provide Supplemental Education Service tutoring during the 2012-2013 school year. In an email addressed to Steve Pines of EIA, from the United States Department of Education, in response to a question posed regarding the impending school year and the lack of time available to states and districts awaiting results of submitted ESEA flexibility waivers, the USDoE confirmed that California ‘will continue to provide SES during the 2012-2013 school year’.

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