ERIC Number: ED427418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary and Secondary Education: Ed-Flex States Vary in Implementation of Waiver Process. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Under the Education Flexibility Partnership Demonstration Act (Ed-Flex), the state--rather than the federal Department of Education (DOE)--is allowed to make decisions about whether particular school districts should be granted waivers of certain federal requirements. This document explains the Ed-Flex program. To be selected as an Ed-Flex state, states must meet two criteria related to their ability to implement Ed-Flex in conjunction with overall education reform: states must have a plan for education reform that has been reviewed and approved by the DOE and they must be able to modify their own state requirements associated with the federal waivers they grant. Currently, only 2 of 38 nonparticipating states clearly satisfy these criteria and would be eligible to participate if the cap of 12 Ed-Flex states was eliminated. The Ed-Flex project creates challenges in holding districts accountable for the results of individual waivers and also in holding states, districts, and the federal Department of Education accountable for the results of federal programs that are affected by these waivers. The waivers granted by states in Ed-Flex typically center around Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides funds to give special educational assistance to economically and educationally disadvantaged students. (RJM)
Descriptors: Categorical Aid, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; Tel: 202-512-6000 (first copy free; $2 each additional copy).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I