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Michigan's Approved ESEA Flexibility Request
Throughout 2011-2012, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) worked with local education stakeholders across the state, as well as with the United States Department of Education (USED) to develop a request for flexibility from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as "No Child Left Behind." The flexibility requested includes waivers of 11 specific provisions of this federal law, including the requirement that all schools meet the 100% student proficiency targets by 2014. Michigan's work in implementing career- and college-ready expectations for all students; developing differentiated recognition, accountability, and support for districts and schools; and supporting effective instruction and leadership will create the context in which this flexibility may be successfully implemented for the benefit of Michigan's students and education community.

On July 19, 2012, the MDE received notification from USED that Michigan's ESEA Flexibility Request was approved. This page contains information related to the approved Request and the implementation thereof. Questions and comments may be directed to

Public Comment on Michigan’s Updated ESEA Flexibility Extension Request

Michigan’s approved ESEA Flexibility Request expires with the 2013-14 school year.  Michigan has been working with the U.S. Department of Education (USED) through this spring and summer to secure a one-year extension of its approved request for the 2014-15 school year.  Michigan submitted its initial extension request to USED on April 29, 2014, and USED has requested an additional updated submission.  The updated extension request is reflected in the documents below.  This update is available for public comment through Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  All comments should be submitted to

ESEA Flexbility Public Comment Memo PDF icon
Michigan ESEA Flex Renewal PDF icon
ESEA Flexibility Renewal Amendments Overview PDF icon

Michigan's Approved ESEA Flexibility Request PDF icon
Message from Superintendent Flanagan
Michigan's Approved ESEA Flexibility Request Summary PDF icon
USED ESEA Approval Letter PDF icon
Michigan Amendment to ESEA Flexibility Request PDF icon
Proposed Amendments Overview PDF icon

2012-2013 changes from the Approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver
The US Department of Education’s July 2012 approval of Michigan’s Flexibility Waiver of the Requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) resulted in Supplemental Educational Services (SES) tutoring services no longer being required in Michigan’s public schools, effective starting in the 2012-2013 school year. 

Public School Choice, under Michigan’s amended Flexibility Waiver of ESEA, is no longer required for the 2013-2014 school year.

Persons requiring historical information about Michigan’s SES and Public School Choice programs under the past federal requirements may contact:

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