What is Title 1?
Title 1 is the largest
federal education program in the country. In Pinellas County, 52
public elementary schools are served by the Title 1 Schoolwide
Program. Title 1 was established in 1965. The new title of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended as the
“No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.” President Bush signed this
piece of legislation on January 8, 2002.
Title 1 Schoolwide Program
schools receive additional funds from the Federal Government to enhance
the educational program of the entire school. The overall goal of
Title 1 is highest student achievement for all students, therefore the
funding is used to hire additional teachers, teaching partners, or
other staff. The funds can also be used to purchase instructional
materials which will benefit students in their classrooms. All
decisions are made carefully and recorded in the Title 1 Schoolwide
Plan. School plans, which support the specific goals and programs
of the school, are available in the school office.
Parents are part of the
Title 1 Team and encouraged to participate in their child’s
education. Parent involvement increases student
achievement. Teachers, parents, and students will sign a Compact
which is an agreement between the home and school to share the
responsibility for student learning. Parents need to work with
their child at home, attend parent/teacher conferences, and keep
teachers informed about home events that might affect their child at
school. Joining parent organizations (PTA and S.A.C.), helping at
school as a volunteer, and attending school events and parent trainings
are important. Parent participation will build the home and
school partnership that is so essential for successful schools.