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.  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 Misson Statement

    The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equitable, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

    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 

    • improve parental, family and community engagement

    In accordance with federal law, funds are allocated directly to schools to work toward these three goals. 
    Visit US Dept. of Education for further information.

    Alachua County Public Schools 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.

    The department of Title I, coordinates instructional programs and alternative settings for students who require intensive instruction and support.  Primary responsibilities of the department include:

    • Coordination and implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act legislation and requirements.
    • Administrative and instructional support for the District Title I programs which include:
      • Title I, Part A (Educationally Disadvantaged)
      • Title I, Part D (Delinquent Educational)
      • Title I, Unified School Improvement Grant (UniSIG)
    • Coordination and implementation with Title I schools to provide supplemental academic support for students.
    • Instructional support for students in programs at the A Quinn Jones Center.
    • Coordination and instructional support for students in the Department of Juvenile Justice programs located at the PACE Center for Girls, AMIKids, Alachua Regional Detention Center and Alachua Academy.
    • Facilitate Parent and Family Engagement Activities through individual school/center sites.

    2020-2021 Title I Schools

    What Families Should Know About Title I

    Title I, Part A is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to ensure all that all children meet our student achievement standards.  School programs use evidence based instructional strategies and implement family engagement activities.  Title I is dedicated to involving home and school, working together, to improve the educational opportunities for all students by helping them:

    • succeed in the regular program
    • attain grade-level proficiency
    • improve academic achievement

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Federal Programs

    United States Department of Education

    Parent and Family Engagement

    When schools work together with families to support learning, children are better prepared for success both in and out of the classrooms.  Title I has requirements and steps in place for involving parents of Title I students to partner with their school in an effort to increase student achievement.  Stakeholders at the school and district levels work with parents, staff and administrators to increase student academic achievement by building capacity and increasing parent involvement.

    2020-2021 District Parent and Family Engagement Plan

    Title I Complaint Procedures in English

    Title I Complaint Procedures in Spanish

    District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator:  Mary Cooke

    email:  cookeme (followed by @gm.sbac.edu)

    phone:  352-955-7634 Ext. 1659





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  • Manning Administrative Annex, Bldg. 2
    1817 E. University Ave.
    Gainesville, FL   32601
    Phone: (352) 955-7634

    Valdenora Fortner
    Director Title I Compensatory Educational Programs, Title III, School Renewal
    E-mail:  fortnev

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  • Jennifer Steptoe
    Title I Supervisor
    Email:  steptojw

    Program Services Specialists

    Patricia McFadden 
    Email:  mcfaddenpa

    Part A Title I Specialists

    Mary Cooke
    Email:  cookeme

    Nancy Morrison
    Email:  morrisnj

    Scott Zofnas 
    Email:  zofnassi

    Part D Title I Specialists

    Melissa Dougherty
    Email:  doughemp

    Scott Zofnas
    Email:  zofnassi

    Administrative Secretary

    Payton Marinello
    Email:  marinellope

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