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Annual Waiver Report Executive Summary - Legislative Report

The annual waiver report is required per education code 33053 and will be submitted to the Governor, Legislature, and the State Board of Education.

Annual Waiver Report 2012

California Department of Education

Report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the State Board of Education:

2012 Annual Report of Waiver Activity

California Education Code (EC) Section 33053 requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to submit an Annual Report of Waiver Activity to the Governor, the Legislature, and the State Board of Education (SBE) and make the report available to local agencies.

A waiver is an alternative to a legal requirement or prohibition for which no other remedy is apparent. General Waivers are authorized by EC sections 33050–33053 and permit the SBE to waive most EC sections or California Code of Regulations, Title 5. Specific Waivers and Petitions are authorized as part of a statute for some or all particular sections of the EC. The SBE also has some authority to grant Federal Waivers of parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The report shows the total number of waiver requests received from January 1, 2012, until December 31, 2012. The report also describes the types of waivers received, the dispositions of those waivers, and brief descriptions of the major type of waiver requests received. Each waiver request submitted from local educational agencies is logged into the Waiver Office database.

In 2012, a total of 499 waivers were processed, of which 353 were approved, 28 were denied, and 40 were withdrawn. No formal action was taken on a total of 78 waivers. The Waiver Office processed an average of 41 waiver requests each month in 2012.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Mary Prather, Administrator, Executive Office, by phone at 916-319-0266 or by e-mail at

You can find this report on the CDE Waiver Reports Web page at If you need a copy of this report, please contact the Waiver Office by phone at 916-319-0824 or e-mail at

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