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Title I

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long have schools been given Title I funds? Title I was enacted in April 11, 1965, as a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As a mandate of the Act, funds are authorized for professional development, instructional materials, resources to support educational programs, and parent involvement promotion. The ESEA was reauthorized with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

What is the purpose of Title I? The purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. It was intended to help close the achievement gap between schools in affluent neighborhoods and schools from underprivileged neighborhoods.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money? The federal government measures a school’s poverty level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. A school that has more than 40% of the student population on free or reduced lunch qualifies to have a Title I program.

How might Title I help my child? A child attending a Title I school in Vallivue may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I teacher or paraprofessional. Title I funds are also used to fund additional paraprofessionals, who assist teachers with instruction. This allows teachers and paraprofessionals to work in smaller groups or one-on-one with students. Students also benefit from the training teachers receive in curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a child eligible for Title I services? All children attending a Title I school operating as a school-wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I. All of the Vallivue schools are operating as a school-wide program; therefore, all students are considered Title I students. How Title I resources and staff are used in a school-wide program is decided by the school leadership team and guided by the school-wide program plan.