Title I is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. That Act is reauthorized by Congress from time to time and is often given a new name. It is currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act.
Section A of Title I provides grants to states to distribute directly to school districts. This is, by far, the largest source of federal money for local schools.
School districts do not have to apply for Title I funding as they would have to for a competitive grant. If a school district qualifies for Title I funding, it is entitled to the money. However, the district must submit to the state education agency a plan for how it will use the funds to improve academic achievement among disadvantaged students.
Disadvantaged students are those who come from low income families, are in foster homes, or ar neglected or delinquent, or who live in families receiving temporary assistance from state governments.
The districts have wide discretion in determining how the money is to be used. About 83% of Title I money is used for programs serving pre-K through 8th grade. These programs must specifically serve students who are failing to meet academic standards or are at risk of failing because they are disadvantaged. However, if more than 40% of students in a school qualify as disadvantaged, the school is allowed to run “schoolwide” programs that serve all students, not just the disadvantaged.
2016-2017 TITLE I OVERVIEW
Who are the Title I Staff Members at Harrison School? Teachers Ben Brunson and Cassie Norden, and several para-professionals. These staff members work with students in grades kindergarten through fifth.
How is Parental Involvement Encouraged by Title I? $3,311 is set-aside to support parent involvement at for K-5th grade students. This includes supplies for Open House/Back-to-School, Parent/Teacher Conferences, brochures for parents regarding instructional strategies, child care for parents when attending family nights, and supplies for Family Nights.
What financial support is given by Title I funds to Harrison School? Title I allocations are based on the number of students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Just over 69% of school students qualified for free/reduced meals (as of October Count, 2015). For the 2016-2017 school year, Harrison will receive approximately $231,426.00 in Title I Funds to support the following:
- Salaries for staff noted above
- Staff participation in professional development specific to reading and literacy and math
- Incentives related to Accelerated Reader, teacher libraries, and miscellaneous supplies
What is the Title I School Improvement Plan? The Title I School Improvement Plan is the Harrison Accreditation/Accountability Plan. The school goals are revised each fall. If interested in participating with the team that develops these goals and monitors progress, contact Mr. John Pavlicek at 276-5970.
Parents Right to Know: Parents of students in Title I schools can request information regarding their child's teacher, including, at a minimum: (1) whether the teacher has met the State requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject-matters in which the teacher provides instruction; (2) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; (3) the college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and (4) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
Questions/Additional Information/Suggestions: Contact Ben Brunson or Cassie Norden, 276-5970 or Mr. Hartman, District Director, 276-5710.