The California Office to Reform Education (CORE) has submitted a district-consortium request for a federal NCLB waiver. The CORE waiver calls for a reorientation of districts’ work towards a collective effort to prepare all students for college and career, with districts assuming unprecedented accountability to eliminate disparity and disproportionality in all subjects and across the academic, social/emotional, and culture/climate domains. Click below for the following waiver documents:
To see what people are saying about the CORE Waiver, please visit our In The News page.
Watch the State Board of Education discuss the CORE ESEA Waiver here. Please note that the CORE Waiver was item 16 on the State Board Agenda, and can be found at 3:28:00 (three hours and twenty-eight minutes in from the start of the video). Read a transcript of the discussion here.
Participation by Local Education Agencies (LEA) interested in the CORE Waiver
Once the CORE Waiver is approved, any LEA in California that is willing to agree to fulfill all the commitments in the CORE Waiver is welcome to participate. LEAs interested in joining the CORE Waiver will need to review, understand, and be prepared to request specific waivers from the US ED (page 12 of the CORE ESEA Waiver Application); agree to the US ED assurances (page 13 of the CORE ESEA Waiver Application); and be prepared to sign an MOU with CORE (Appendix A. page 86 of the CORE ESEA Waiver Application.) However, it is possible that the MOU or other areas of the application may change before the CORE Waiver is approved. Until we complete this process, LEAs should use those documents as guideposts for the final approved application and MOU.
In addition, in order for an LEA to receive a waiver from the US DOE, they will need to document outreach around the waiver plan. Any LEA interested in participating this year needs to immediately begin communicating with teachers, administrators, bargaining units, and other key stakeholders about the CORE Waiver requirements, and importantly, document that engagement effort. A sample format for documenting such engagement can be found here.
More information for LEA’s can be found in our PowerPoint Presentation here.
This memo dated May 3, 2013, also provides more information for interested LEAs, including updated information for CORE’s Waiver plan and information about the first round of USDE and peer review feedback.
Questions? Read our FAQ regarding the Waiver here.
Letters and statements of support: