Federal Programs (Title I, II, III, etc.)
Gervais School District Federal Programs is responsible for many of the Federal “categorical” dollars allocated by the Oregon Department of Education, the most well-known being Title I. These funds are intended to supplement instructional efforts of a school district and should never “supplant” the core instruction. Federal Title funding is also intended to provide extra educational services to support students who are historically underserved. This includes English Learners, Native or Migrant students, students who are living in poverty, neglected and delinquent, and/or students experiencing homelessness.
Gervais School District Funded Programs typically include the following:
- Title I-A – Support for students and families in poverty
- Title I-C – Support for our children and families who do migrant work
- Title II-A – Support for ensuring educator effectiveness for our historically underserved students
- Title III – English Learners and Immigrant Youth
- Title IX Part A – McKinney-Vento-Support for children experiencing homelessness
Because these funds are intended to supplement core efforts, our Funded Programs Department works with the district Superintendent, building administrators, and the district’s Teaching and Learning TOSA (Teacher-on-Special-Assignment) to ensure key priorities are supported and bolstered within the federal guidelines.
What is Title 1? The purpose of Title I is to provide additional support for schools that serve children who have risk factors like poverty or high mobility. Research has demonstrated that these factors make it more difficult for children to be successful in school. Eligible schools get an amount of money based on the number of students in the school who are directly certified by USDA standards. The use of the school-wide Title I Funding must align to school improvement planning which is informed by a school level self-assessment and needs assessment using measures from five key domains: Leadership, talent development, stakeholder engagement, well-rounded coordinated learning principles, and inclusive policy and practice.
What is Title 1-C? Migrant education funds support high-quality education programs for migrant children and help ensure that migrants who move between states are not penalized in any way for disparities among states in the curriculum, graduation requirements or the state academic content and the standards of academic achievement of the students. The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma that prepares students for further learning and productive employment.
What is Title II-A? Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title II funds are provided to state agencies and local educational agencies to prepare, train, and recruit high quality teachers and principals. The intent of funding is to improve teaching and leadership through professional development opportunities to ensure that all educators are highly qualified to increase the academic achievement of students. These funds also hold local educational agencies accountable to improvements within students’ academic achievement.
What is Title III? The purpose of Title III is to ensure that limited English proficient students develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that all students are expected to meet. Districts must use these funds to implement language instruction educational programs that carry out activities that use approaches based on scientific research. Each district serving ELs is responsible for implementing instructional programs that lead ELs to meet annual measurable achievement objectives and make adequate yearly progress.
What is Title IX Part A? The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 339.115(7). Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school. To reach a district liaison, contact the Gervais School District’s Welcome Center.
What is Private School Fair Share? With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the opportunity for participation of private school students and teachers increased. In the Gervais School District, we provide equitable services/shares from both Title IA and Title II funding allocations. The funding is held at Gervais School District with services and contracts being managed through direct communication with the private school’s administration.
Upon the request of a parent, a school receiving Title I federal funds must disclose, in a timely manner:
- Whether the teacher has met state licensure requirements for the grade level and/or subject area in which they are currently teaching.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state licensing criteria have been waived.
- Whether the child is provided services by an instructional assistant (paraprofessional), and if so, their qualifications.
In addition to notification of their right to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher, schools must also provide timely notice to parents if a child is assigned to, or has been taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified under the definition of federal law.
Parent Involvement is a critical piece in developing Title I plans that best meet the needs of all the students in a school. Gervais School District parents are encouraged to participate in the schools’ parent-teacher organizations. Parents of students in Title I schools, and parents of participating Migrant students, have a right to review and give input on the development of the Gervais School District Title I Parent Involvement Policy.