The Education & Workforce Committee issued the following press release on Aug. 12, 2014.
You can click here to go to the actual online press release.
You can click here to read the letter.
In the letter, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and U.S. Representative John Kline ask that the following questions be explored:
1. What processes and criteria does the Department of Education use to approve, deny, renew, and revoke states’ ESEA waiver applications?
2. What changes have states made in order to meet the department’s conditions for the approval and renewal of a waiver?
3. What issues have selected states, including states that have not applied for a waiver, had waiver applications rejected, and had approved waivers revoked, faced in deciding whether to apply for and implement an ESEA waiver, such as time and resources used to produce waiver and waiver renewal applications and the possible need for legislative changes?
4. To what extent are states able to implement accountability and evaluation systems consistent with existing state laws and policies? What barriers exist for states and districts in adapting accountability and evaluation systems to their unique needs.?
These are certainly good questions for the GAO to explore. I hope they explore them well. I hope they also look into the U.S. Department of Education putting conditions on waivers without congressional authorization.
Should the federal government be telling the state governments what to do or should the states be telling the federal government what to do?
Washington state is mentioned in both the press release and the letter for recently having its waiver revoked.