Delaware receives federal approval for ESEA flexibility renewal
The U.S. Department of
Education today approved Delaware’s request for another year of flexibility
from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Secretary Heather Rieman said ESEA flexibility has helped “Delaware to carry
out important reforms to improve student achievement …With this renewal,
Delaware will be able to continue implementing its plan to promote innovative,
locally tailored strategies to improve educational outcomes for all students,
close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.”
Delaware is eligible
for flexibility approval through the 2017-18 school year after submission of
more information this fall.
With the flexibility
approval, which Delaware first received in the 2011-2012 academic year, schools
no longer are subject to some restrictiverequirements of ESEA. Schools
and districts also gain the ability to refocus some funding, such as money
formerly required for choice and supplemental education services, for the
specific supports that best meet their students’ needs.
Delaware Secretary of
Education Mark Murphy said he appreciates the U.S. Department of Education’s
support for the work underway in our state.
“We are proud of the
progress our schools are making and that more children graduating from our
system ready for college and careers. This flexibility will allow our educators
to continue to make the decisions that are best for their children,” he said.