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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

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Committee Members Conduct Oversight of Obama ESEA Waivers



Dear Secretary Duncan:

More than a year ago, the Department of Education chose to stop working with Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and instead began issuing temporary, conditional waivers to states. To date, 34 states and the District of Columbia have received waivers; several additional state waiver requests are currently under review. Additionally, the department officially began considering waiver applications from individual school districts last month.

Even though we believe Congress - not the administration - must rewrite the nation's elementary and secondary education law, it is our duty to conduct appropriate oversight over the waiver approval and implementation processes.

To read the full letter, click here.
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