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 Mission 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.
What Families Should Know About Title I
Title I, Part A is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to ensure 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
Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Federal Programs
Title I Documents
Parent Rights Letter for Title I Programs
Response to Stakeholder Feedback
2022-23 Title I District Parent and Family Engagement Plan
2022-23 Title I District Parent and Family Engagement Plan Summary Brochure
Parent Participation in Title I Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
Title I Complaint Procedures
Secondary School Resources for Students & Families
Taking Charge of Your Anger
Tips for Managing Stress (video)
College Exposure and Access by UF Division of Student Life
The Challenge at Alachua Academy School Counselor Flyer
Alachua Regional Juvenile Detention Center School Counselor Flyer
AMI Kids School Counselor Flyer
District Support Sites
Financial Aid Information & Resources
PACE Center for Girls School Counselor Flyer
Secondary & Part D Presentations
Substance Use Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Valde Fortner | Director
Title I Compensatory Educational Programs, Title III, School Renewal
Jennifer Steptoe | Supervisor
Payton Marinello | Program Services Specialist
Heather Carroll | Executive Assistant
Mary Cooke | Parent & Family Engagement Coordinator
Part A Specialists
Mary Cooke, cookeme
Nancy Morrison, morrisnj
Karen Trivette, trivettekl
Scott Zofnas, zofnassi
Part D Specialist
Scott Zofnas, zofnassi
1817 East University Avenue
Manning Center Annex, Bldg. 2
Gainesville, Florida 32641
*Note - all emails followed by @gm.sbac.edu
Title I Photo Gallery
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