PENNSYLVANIA WAIVER – ESEA FLEXIBILITY REQUEST

The Pennsylvania waiver request was approved on August 20, 2013.

Approved Flexibility Request August 20, 2013

Flexibility Request Attachments August 20, 2013.

Secretary’s Approval Letter August 20, 2013.

Letter regarding Feedback May 15, 2013.

Highlights of PA’s Request August 20, 2013.

Peer Panel Notes March 26 – 30, 2013.

ESEA Flexiblity Request April 15th, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Memo sent to approved SES providers in Pennsylvania on July 10th, more than a month before their waiver was approved:

Good Morning.  I want to thank you for your interest in providing Supplemental Education Services pursuant to section 1116 of NCLB.  As many of you may be aware, Pennsylvania is in the final stages of approval for an ESEA Flexibility waiver seeking relief from many of the accountability provisions of NCLB, and I have been authorized to notify you that, beginning with the upcoming 2013-2014 school year and continuing until full reauthorization of NCLB, SES will no longer be required for Title I schools in School Improvement 2 or above.  Rather, this program will be optional for schools.  Because the terms of the waiver do not altogether eliminate SES, PDE will still be required to maintain an approved provider list from year to year, should schools choose to participate in the program, but we will not track which schools would choose to do so.  Further, they will not be required to send notification letters to eligible families and initiate contract agreements with providers,  so please contact the particular LEAs directly to determine their interest in offering SES. 

For those of you who have been tentatively approved for the upcoming year, attendance at one of the upcoming mandatory meetings is still a requirement for full approval. Emails and letters have already been sent out to providers who are tentatively approved. If you have not received an email or a letter, then you are not tentatively approved.

Again, I want to thank you for your interest in applying for SES as well as thank those of you who have participated in the program in previous years.

Open for SES provider applications for the 13/14 School Year. Deadline April 12, 2013.

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PENNSYLVANIA WAIVER – GENERAL NEWS

Taken from 90.5 public radio news site:

by Noah Brode June 4, 2012

Pennsylvania Considers Waiver of “No Child Left Behind”

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is looking into a federal waiver program that would replace the 2002 “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) law with new mandates from the Obama administration.  Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said the waiver would end “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) goals in reading and math. Under NCLB, every school district in Pennsylvania would have to be 100% proficient in reading and math by 2014, although Eller noted there are several ways for schools to reach AYP other than student achievement.  Eller said Pennsylvania has been hoping to halt its AYP obligations since January, when the state’s request to freeze AYP at 2011 levels was denied. However, Eller said the Corbett administration still has some reservations about getting rid of AYP through the waiver program.

“Where the concern lies is, there is a federal law on the books right now, and whether or not the federal government has the authority to waive a law that has been duly enacted by the Congress,” said Eller.

While the program would relieve Pennsylvania and its school districts of certain requirements imposed by NCLB, Eller noted the federal government also would require the state to enact new programs in order to be granted a waiver. Eller said the Obama administration is “pushing education policy down to the states” through the waiver program.  “States would have to implement several of their policy agendas, like teacher evaluation [and] increasing charter choice for students throughout the state,” said Eller. “Some of those are already being moved forward by the Corbett administration,” but he said the governor isn’t sure about the legality of the waiver.  If Governor Tom Corbett decides to go through with the waiver program, Pennsylvania would need to offer the federal government an education policy that aligns with the Obama administration’s. Pennsylvania would join eighteen other states who are applying for NCLB waivers; nineteen states have already had their NCLB obligations waived.

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