The U.S. Department
of Education (USED) is inviting each State educational
agency (SEA) to request flexibility on behalf of itself,
its local educational agencies, and schools, in order to
better focus on improving student learning and increasing
the quality of instruction. This voluntary opportunity will
provide educators and State and local leaders with
flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and
comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve
educational outcomes for all students, close achievement
gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of
On May 15, 2012,
the State Board of Education voted unanimously to instruct
the agency to not work on the ESEA waiver at this
time. Vermont would need to do significant more
work on the ESEA waiver in order to have an approvable
application. Vermont's waiver would no longer be the one
that was agreed upon by stakeholders months ago when first
submitted. Here's the latest information regarding this
process in "most recent first" chronological order:
Vilaseca Opinion Piece on ESEA
October 26, 2011
Vermont and the
rest of the country have been given a wonderful
opportunity to shed the flawed aspects of the No Child
Left Behind Act (NCLB) and refocus our efforts on true
success for all students.
of Education Meeting: Agenda
October 18, 2011
A public comment
opportunity will be available at the State Board of
Education Meeting on October 18, 2011.
of Education Special Meeting: Agenda
October 3, 2011
The State Board
of Education held a special meeting to discuss Vermont's
waiver request on October 3, 2011.
Vermont Letter of
October 7, 2011
filed a letter with the U.S. Department of Education
expressing Vermont's intent to submit the request for
November 14, 2011.
September 15, 2011
Shumlin and the Department submitted a letter to the U.S.
Department of Education outlining its goals for the ESEA
reauthorization and waiver process.