ESEA Flexibility Waiver
Important changes may be coming to Title I in Guilford County Schools. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction applied for a waiver of No Child Left Behind in February 2012. If the waiver is approved, GCS will have more flexibility in making decisions regarding Public School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services.
Under current federal No Child Left Behind guidelines, GCS and other school districts across the country must follow certain requirements. According to the U.S. Department of Education, No Child Left Behind has increased school accountability, but has also unintentionally become a barrier to states and districts in making reforms designed to raise academic achievement. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to apply for a waiver from No Child Left Behind, which is now referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The waiver will allow districts flexibility on offering Public School Choice or Supplemental Educational Services (SES) in exchange for rigorous state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.