Title I Program Overview
What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federally funded educational program. This program, authorized by Congress through the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1968, provides supplemental funds to school districts to assist schools with the highest student concentrations of poverty to meet school educational goals. The federal law requires that any school that has a poverty rate of 75% or higher must be served through the Title I program.
Title I - Program Purposes
Title I Programs provide funds to districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged students to:
improve student achievement for all participating children,
improve staff development and
improve parental, family and community engagement.
In accordance with federal law, funds are allocated directly to schools to work toward these three goals.
(see US Dept. of Education)
Which schools are Title I schools?
In this district, all elementary schools identified with a percentage of 35% or higher CLIF (children of low-income families) population through the direct certification process receive funds. Secondary or combination schools identified with a percentage of 75% or higher CLIF (children of low-income families) population through the direct certification process receive funds.
Funds are allocated on a per qualifying pupil basis. Federal law requires that a district not use Title I funds to offset expenses to a Title I school that would normally be paid by other sources if Title I funds were not available.