Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Title I is a federally funded program, part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. ESEA was reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Title I provides supplemental funding for resources to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide a high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the state’s student performance standards. Title I, Part A, supports schools in implementing either a school-wide program or a targeted assistance program. These programs must use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research. Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy currently has three schools that are served as Title I School-Wide Campuses. These are Legacy Mesquite West Elementary, Legacy Mesquite West Secondary, and Legacy Plano.
The program is designed to accomplish four primary goals:
1. provide supplementary education to students eligible for services;
2. provide additional funding to schools and districts serving high concentrations of children from low-income families;
3. focus educators on the needs of special student populations; and
4. improve the academic achievement of eligible students, reduce performance gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and assist eligible students in meeting high academic standards.
The parental involvement provisions in Title I, Part A, reflect the four principles in ESEA/NCLB. Specifically, these provisions stress shared accountability between schools and parents for high achievement, including (a) expanding public school choice and supplemental educational services for eligible children in low-performing schools, (b) local development of parental involvement plans with sufficient flexibility to address local needs, and (c) building parents’ capacity for using effective practices to improve their own children’s academic achievement.
- Each campus must hold an annual Title I Meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in the Title I, Part A, program, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the rights of parents to be involved in those programs.
- Each Title I school-wide campus must develop a campus-level Parent Involvement Policy.
- Each Title I, Part A, school must jointly develop, with the parents of children served under Title I, Part A, a school-parent compact as a component of its written parental involvement policy.
At the beginning of each school year, a student’s parents/guardians may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s teacher/s. Specifically, the parent has the right-to-know:
- whether a teacher has met state qualifications for license and certification,
- whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional certificate, and
- the baccalaureate and graduate degree majors of the teacher/s
Additionally, parents may request information concerning whether the student will be provided assistance from paraprofessionals and, if so, the qualifications of the paraprofessionals.
Timely notification also is required if a student receives instruction from an unqualified teacher for four or more consecutive weeks.
Vera Csorvasi, Federal and Academic Programs Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Johnson, Director Legacy Mesquite West email@example.com
Gary Johnson, Director Legacy Plano firstname.lastname@example.org