Following Congressional inaction, the Obama Administration has directed the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide regulatory flexibility to states through the granting of waivers to states that are willing to embrace education reform. The flexibility will provide relief from No Child Left Behind's mandates. Details of the regulatory flexibility package to states and districts will be released in September.
According to ED, the Administration's plan will provide flexibility to districts and schools to improve student achievement by raising standards while Congress continues to work on reauthorization. For more information visit ED's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.