Title I

Title 1 Funding

The U.S. Department of Education provides supplemental funding to local school districts to meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students under a provision known as Title 1.

Annually, it provides over $14 billion to school systems across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty. Title 1 funds aim to bridge the gap between low-income students and other students. Low-income students are determined by the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. For an entire school to qualify for Title 1 funds, at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program. Warrensburg Central School District meets this criteria and receives some Title 1 funding.

With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, schools must make adequate yearly progress on state testing and focus on best teaching practices in order to continue receiving funds.

How Are Title 1 Funds Used?

How to use Title 1 funds rests with each school. Title 1 funds can be used to improve curriculum, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, or increase staff and program improvement. The funding should assist schools in meeting the educational goals of low-income students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title 1 funds typically support supplemental instruction in reading and math, annually reaching over six million students across the country, primarily in the elementary grades.

Types of students that might be served by Title 1 funds include migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, homeless students, students with disabilities, neglected students, delinquent students, at-risk students or any student in need. Students can be classified as at-risk for numerous reasons, including high number of absences, single-parent home, low academic performance or low-income family.

The District holds a Parent Information Night each year in September to provide information on Title 1.  An informational flyer is sent home at the beginning of each school year with exact date and time of the information night.

Stephanie Gibson is our Title 1 Coordinator and can be reached at 518-623-9747, x2

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