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
Title II, the highly qualified teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators professional development component of federal funding, appropriates funds to improve the teaching and learning for all students in the school district, public and private, by providing professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators in both public and private nonprofit schools. Funding also provides for instructional personnel, specialists to give consistent on-going professional development, and class-size reduction teachers to promote effective student learning. Through Title II, professional development may include support and release time for teachers and other staff to be involved in professional development activities, partnerships between schools and IHLs, in-service training, in-district and out-of-district workshops and financial support for teachers’ acquisition of endorsements to maintain high quality staff.
Title III funding is used to support the English as a Second Language Program in the Madison County School District. The English Language Learners program provides services to ELL students to improve or increase their English proficiency; thus, enabling them to function independently and to participate effectively in the regular academic program. ELL students receive their primary core curriculum instruction through the regular academic program in schools. As a supplement to regular classroom instruction, ELL students receive regularly scheduled instruction in English as a Second Language, with emphasis on English language acquisition skills. The academic needs of ELL students are met through a variety of educational strategies, ELL instruction, and regular content modifications, with emphasis placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Title III funding for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant students is used to purchase instructional materials and technology for the English as a Second Language program. Title III funding is also used to provide professional development opportunities for ELL teachers and administrators for the ESL program in the district.