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Flexibility on NCLB

Colleagues and stakeholders:

Massachusetts has the opportunity to apply for flexibility from certain requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act. To inform our application, we are conducting a brief stakeholder survey so we can better understand the aspects of the law for which you most want flexibility. The survey is posted at and will be open until next Wednesday, October 12.

We hope you will take a few moments to fill out the survey, as we would greatly appreciate your input as we develop our application. Please feel free to distribute the link broadly to others who may wish to respond as well. We are hoping to hear from all types of education stakeholders: school and district administrators, teachers, union leaders, parents, students, and the business, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities.

More information about the ESEA/NCLB flexibility options is available from the U.S. Department of Education at If you have questions about the survey or the waiver application process, please contact We expect to offer an additional opportunity for public comment on Massachusetts' proposal in late October.

We appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you.

Last Updated: October 7, 2011
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