Title I started with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and it provides federal funding for schools to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. Services may include hiring teachers to reduce class size for greater student achievement, tutoring, computer labs for computer-assisted instruction, parental involvement activities, professional development, purchase of instructional materials and supplies, pre-kindergarten programs, and hiring teacher assistants and/or other paraprofessionals. In the Madison County School District, Title I funding supports six Title I Schoolwide Programs. At least 40% of the children at each schoolwide program receive free or reduced-price lunch. Schoolwide Programs have flexibility in using Title I funds, in conjunction with other local, state and federal funds, to upgrade the operation of the entire school. The MCSD uses Title I funds to support supplementary services designed to improve the educational performance of low-achieving children in low to high-poverty schools. The district normally has an annual Title I budget in excess of one million dollars. Schools supported by Title I include Ann Smith Elementary School, Camden Elementary School, East Flora Elementary School, Luther Branson Elementary School, Northeast Madison Middle School and Velma Jackson High School.
Title 1 Schoolwide Projects
Ann Smith Elementary School
Camden Elementary School
East Flora Elementary School
Luther Branson Elementary School
Shirley D. Simmons Middle School
Velma Jackson High School
In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of ESSA is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. The SSAE program aims to increase the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. The SSAE program provides SEAs, LEAs, and schools the flexibility to tailor investments based on the needs of their unique student populations. Where possible, the Department encourages coordination and integration of the SSAE program with activities authorized under other sections of the law, as well as other federal programs to improve outcomes for students. The Department notes that ensuring all students have access to a holistic well-rounded education is central to the shared work across programs in ESSA.