From the Document: "On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) was signed into law. The law includes new waiver authority for the Secretary of Education (the Secretary), in addition to the waiver authority the Secretary already has under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Among other things, the new waiver authority permits the Secretary to waive educational accountability requirements using a streamlined process. After a brief discussion of the Secretary's waiver authority under the ESEA, this In Focus discusses the waiver authority provided to the Secretary in the CARES Act."
CRS In Focus, IF11517
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