Title I, the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) , previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is the largest federal education program. Its intent is to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on challenging State academic content and performance standards.
Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which provided federal funding for high-poverty schools to help students who are behind academically and at risk of falling behind. Services can include hiring teachers to reduce class size, tutoring, purchase of instructional equipment, materials and supplies, parental involvement activities, professional development, pre-kindergarten programs, and hiring teachers and paraprofessionals.
Funding supports Title I School-wide Programs and Targeted Assistance Programs, depending on the level of students that receive free and reduced-price lunch in the school and how the school wants to function. School-wide programs are in schools that have at least a 75% poverty level, based on the number of children designated as economically disadvantaged. These schools have also gone through a one-year planning process. School-wide programs have flexibility in using their Title I funds, in conjunction with other funds in the school, to upgrade the operation of the entire school. School-wide programs must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs, create a comprehensive plan, and conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the school-wide program that is revised as needed.
Components of a Title I School
As a requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), previously known as "No Child Left Behind," the Title I Services of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools administers Title I funds for public schools, private schools, and neglected and delinquent institutions.
CMS has 71 schools that are identified as Title I schools for the 2012- 2013 school year. A school is designated as Title I because at least 75% of its student population is considered economically disadvantaged based on established guidelines. Student achievement is not a criterion for identifiying a school for Title I services, though academic performance is often impacted by poverty.
2012-13 Title I Schools
Elementary Schools: Middle Schools:
Albemarle Road Elementary Albemarle Road Middle School
Allenbrook Elementary School Cochrane Middle School
Ashley Park Elementary School Coulwood Middle School
Berryhill Elementary School Eastway Middle School
Billingsville Elementary James Martin Middle School
Briarwood Elementary Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle
Bruns Avenue Elementary McClintock Middle School
Devonshire Elementary School Northridge Middle School
Druid Hills Elementary School Ranson Middle School
First Ward Elementary Sedgefield Middle School
Greenway Park Elementary Whitewater Middle School
Hickory Grove Elementary
Hidden Valley Elementary
Highland Renaissance Academy
Hornets Nest Elementary
Huntingtowne Farms Elementary
Idlewild Elementary School High Schools:
J. H. Gunn Elementary
Joseph W Grier Academy Garinger High School
Lebanon Road Elementary Harding University High School
Merry Oaks Int'l. Academy Hawthorne High School
Montclaire Elementary Morgan School
Nathaniel Alexander Elementary Turning Point Academy
Nations Ford Elementary West Charlotte High School
Newell Elementary School West Mecklenburg High School
Oakdale Elementary School Zebulon Vance High School
Oaklawn Language Academy
Paw Creek Elementary School
Piney Grove Elementary
Rama Road Elementary
Reid Park Elementary
Sedgefield Elementary Private Schools:
Shamrock Gardens Elementary
Statesville Road Elementary Bethune Mays Classical Academy
Sterling Elementary Berean Junior Academy
Thomasboro Elementary Brisbane Academy
Tuckaseegee Elementary Brookstone School
University Park Creative Arts Charlotte Islamic Academy
Walter G. Byers Elementary Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School
Westerly Hills Elementary Thompson Child & Family Focus
Whitewater Academy Elementary
Winding Springs Elementary
Windsor Park Elementary
Currently, there are 5 private schools that receive Title I funds. This means that these schools have students that live in the attendance zones of public Title I schools and would qualify for services if they attended those public schools:
Neglected and Delinquent Institutions
There is one local institution that serves neglected and delinquent children that also receives Title I funds for its academic program:
Public School Choice
According to the flexibility waiver, CMS no longer identifies schools as being in Title I School Improvement, and therefore will no longer be obligated to provide transportation to students who have exercised Title I choice to transfer to another school.
Even though your child’s school is no longer in School Improvement, your child may continue to attend his/her current school through its highest grade level. However, your child’s will not receive transportation at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Please note the following options for the 2012-2013 school year:
Ø Option 1: Transfer your child back to his or her home school. Placement is guaranteed and transportation will be provided. Home school transfer should be submitted immediately at https://apps.cms.k12.nc.us/rt/Start.aspx. The 2012-13 school year begins August 27.
Ø Option 2: Continue attending the current school with transportation for the 2012-13 school year only. Transportation will not be provided beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
Which schools must offer Choice Option?
Title I Schools that were had Choice Option in 2011-2012 will have that option for the 2012-2013 school year.
Will parents have unlimited public school choices? Districts determine which schools will comprise the public schools of choice. The options in CMS are based on transportation zones, in combination with middle and high school feeder pattterns. The schools of choice may not be Title I School Improvement schools.
How is it determined whether or not parents get their first choice? While the school district must take into account parental preferences, parents are not guaranteed their first choice of schools.
Must parents accept a choice option? Parents always have the option of declining a school choice and continuing at the home school.
What if providing the option to transfer to another school is not possible? Some school districts may find that there are no schools available to which students can transfer, such as when all schools at a grade level are in Title I School Improvement or when there is only one school in the district serving certain grades.
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