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ERIC Number: EJ1112162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Waivering as Governance: Federalism during the Obama Administration
Saultz, Andrew; McEachin, Andrew; Fusarelli, Lance D.
Educational Researcher, v45 n6 p358-366 Aug-Sep 2016
This article analyzes how the Obama administration used executive power to grant waivers from federal education policies and assesses whether they used this power differently than previous administrations and in other sectors (e.g., health or welfare). The executive use of waivers to shape state policy is not a new trend. However, we find that recent education waivers differ in purpose and specificity from past education waivers, as well as waivers in other social policy arenas, and that the Obama administration is using this executive power to further its policy objectives in ways that often circumvent congressional intent. As the executive branch continues to utilize waivers as a policy lever, this research has important implications for the future of federal involvement in educational policy and provides critical background for Congress's reaction to waivers in the recently reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
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