Jackson County Title I

About Title I

Title I is the major component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Title I is named so for being the first section of the ESEA as it is written. Congress has reauthorized the act numerous times since its enactment, making change in the focus each time. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and Congress is currently making efforts to update and reauthorize it again. 


Purpose of Title I

  •  To help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
  •  To provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects.


Schoolwide Program Model

  •  Schools in which at least 40 percent of the student enrollment are from low-income homes are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs. This means the funds may be used to serve all the students in the school.


Jackson County Schools

Jackson County Title I schools provide services to students and families utilizing the schoolwide program model. Additional academic support is provided to low-achieving students in kindergarten through grade five by Title I teacher(s) during the school day. These schools also provide several opportunities throughout the year for parents to participate in learning activities and trainings that will engage families in positive learning experiences.


Jackson County Title I Schools

Cottageville Elementary School

Evans Elementary School

Fairplain Elementary School

Gilmore Elementary School

Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School

Kenna Elementary School

Ravenswood Grade School

Ripley Elementary School


Title I provides more than $14 billion annually to fund supplementary education for the country's most at-risk students.



· Title I serves more than 18 million students nationwide

· Title I was initiated in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty

· Title I is the single largest precollege federal education program

· Title I students are found in almost every school district in the country

How the Funding Works

Title I funding flows from the U.S. Department of Education (as appropriated by Congress) to state education agencies (SEAs), which then allocate funds to local education agencies (LEAs). The LEAs (school districts) disburse funds to their schools based on numbers of low-income children and schools spend the funds based on formalized plans approved by their LEA and SEA. Priority is given to the lowest achieving schools with the highest levels of poverty. The majority of funding goes to elementary schools under the assumption that the earliest intervention will have the greatest impact. While districts have some latitude in how Title I funding is distributed among their schools, they are required to prioritize the schools with highest poverty levels.

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