(Pub. L. 106–25, § 3,Apr. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 42; Pub. L. 107–110, title X, § 1076(o),Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 2092.)
References in Text
This Act, referred to in text, is Pub. L. 106–25
, Apr. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 41
, known as the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999, which enacted sections
of this title, amended section
of this title, and enacted provisions set out as notes under sections
of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1999 Amendment note set out under section
of this title and Tables.
Section was enacted as part of the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999, and not as part of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act which comprises this chapter.
2002—Par. (1). Pub. L. 107–110
substituted “7801” for “8801”.
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 107–110
effective Jan. 8, 2002, except with respect to certain noncompetitive programs and competitive programs, see section 5 ofPub. L. 107–110
, set out as an Effective Date note under section
of this title.
Pub. L. 106–25
, § 2,Apr. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 41
, provided that: “Congress makes the following findings:
“(1) States differ substantially in demographics, in school governance, and in school finance and funding. The administrative and funding mechanisms that help schools in one State improve may not prove successful in other States.
“(2) Although the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [20
et seq.] and other Federal education statutes afford flexibility to State educational agencies and local educational agencies in implementing Federal programs, certain requirements of Federal education statutes or regulations may impede local efforts to reform and improve education.
“(3) By granting waivers of certain statutory and regulatory requirements, the Federal Government can remove impediments for local educational agencies in implementing educational reforms and raising the achievement levels of all children.
“(4) State educational agencies are closer to local school systems, implement statewide educational reforms with both Federal and State funds, and are responsible for maintaining accountability for local activities consistent with State standards and assessment systems. Therefore, State educational agencies are often in the best position to align waivers of Federal and State requirements with State and local initiatives.
“(5) The Education Flexibility Partnership Demonstration Act [former 20
] allows State educational agencies the flexibility to waive certain Federal requirements, along with related State requirements, but allows only 12 States to qualify for such waivers.
“(6) Expansion of waiver authority will allow for the waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements that impede implementation of State and local educational improvement plans, or that unnecessarily burden program administration, while maintaining the intent and purposes of affected programs, such as the important focus on improving mathematics and science performance under title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [20
et seq.] (Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program), and maintaining such fundamental requirements as those relating to civil rights, educational equity, and accountability.
“(7) To achieve the State goals for the education of children in the State, the focus must be on results in raising the achievement of all students, not process.”