Title I

Program Description

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging Kansas College and Career Ready State Standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

Title l is designed to reinforce and supplement efforts to improve teaching and learning for students farthest from meeting the standards. Individual public schools with poverty rates above 40% may use Title l funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds to operate a “schoolwide program” to enhance the instructional program for the entire school. All of the fifteen TPS elementary schools, four middle schools (Chase, Eisenhower, Jardine, and Robinson), and two high schools (Highland Park and Topeka High) are considered Title l schools and operate schoolwide programs.

There are four private schools that offer Title l programs. These schools (Holy Family, Mater Dei, Most Pure Heart, and St. Matthew) offer targeted assistance programs. Targeted assistance programs offer assistance to a select group of students within each school that need help in reading and/or math. The students in private schools must reside in residential areas that have a local school with a Title l program.

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