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Federal Waiver from No Child Left Behind Rules

Eight school districts in the non-profit California Office to Reform Education -- a consortium that includes the Long Beach Unified School District -- have been granted a waiver from the Obama Administration to implement the School Quality Improvement System  in place of No Child Left Behind accountability rules. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the approval of the waiver in August 2013. This waiver provides flexibility to improve local efforts to prepare all students for college and careers. 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Like the federal waiver, a Local Control Funding Formula proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by the state Legislature in 2013 provides greater flexibility as to how certain state funds are used by local schools.