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Title I funds are provided by the federal government to eight schools in the Lauderdale County School System (LCSS) for the 2018-2019 school year. Being a Title I school means receiving federal funding (Title I dollars) to supplement the schools’ existing programs. These dollars are used for (a) identifying students experiencing academic difficulties and providing timely assistance to help these students’ meet the State’s challenging content standards, (b) purchasing supplemental staff/programs/materials/supplies, and/or (c) conducting parent and family engagement meetings/trainings/activities at the local schools. These federal funds are in addition to available state and local funds provided to all schools in LCSS.

Each Title I school develops a Continuous Improvement Plan to describe its program for the school year. The CIPs and the Board-approved Title I Consolidated Plan are available for review by the public. Plans are located at each local school's office and at the Lauderdale County Central Office. Local CIPs can also be found in the Quick Links menu at the top of this page.

Procedures for parent complaint or disagreement with the local schools’ Continuous Improvement Plans and/or Title I Consolidated Plan are as follows: Parents should submit to their local school or to the Lauderdale County district office any complaints or concerns they may have regarding any component of the CIP and/or Title I Consolidated Plan. The comments will be forwarded to the local school’s CIP committee and/or the district’s Title I Advisory Committee. Upon receiving the complaint, the committee will review the plan and decide if any adjustments need to be made.

A Title I school must be identified as a school-wide or targeted assistance school. n order to be served as a school-wide school, the free/reduced lunch percentage must be 40% or greater. To be served as a targeted assistance school, the free/reduced lunch percentage must be 35% or greater. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Lauderdale County School System will serve eight schools with Title I funding. The following schools will be served school-wide: Brooks Elementary, Central School, Lauderdale County School, Lexington School, Rogers School, Underwood School, Waterloo School, and Wilson School.

For more information, please call 256-760-1300 or your local school.

It is the policy of the Lauderdale County Board of Education that no one will be excluded from participation, be denied benefits, or be discriminated against in any school program or activity based on sex, race, religion, belief, national origin, ethnic group, color, age, or disability.

LEA Consolidated Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title I?

Being a Title I school means receiving federal funding (Title I dollars) to supplement the school’s existing programs. These dollars are used for…

–Identifying students experiencing academic difficulties and providing timely assistance to help these students meet the State’s challenging content standards.

–Purchasing supplemental staff/programs/materials/supplies

–Conducting parent and family engagement meetings/trainings/activities

Being a Title I school also means parent and family involvement and knowing their rights under ESSA.


How does our school receive Title I money?

First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, state educational agencies send this money to school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students (those who receive free/reduced lunches) attending that school.

Which schools does Title I serve?

The program serves children in elementary and secondary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. The following schools are served as school wide Title I schools: Waterloo High School, Wilson High School, Central High School, Rogers High School, Underwood, Elementary School, Lauderdale County High School, Brooks Elementary School, and Lexington High School.


What do Title I programs offer?

Title I programs generally offer the following:

  • additional teachers and/or teachers’ aides
  • extra time for teaching students the skills they need
  • additional teaching and learning materials which supplement students' regular instruction
  • professional development for teachers
  • parental involvement activities and materials

Why is parental involvement important?

Parents, you can greatly influence the success of your child(ren) in school. By becoming an active participant in parental involvement at your school, you will

  • serve as a role model- showing your child you support his/her education.
  • be aware of your child's educational progress, thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
  • teach your child that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support your school's efforts.

Click here to read the Lauderdale County Schools Parent and Family Engagement policy.

What does the research say about parental involvement?

Research shows that how well children succeed in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by doing the following:

  • joining the local parent organization
  • supporting extra curricular activities
  • volunteering at the school
  • communicating with your child's teacher regularly by writing notes, emailing, etc...
  • keeping your child's teacher informed about events in your child's life which may affect his/her performance at school
  • discussing other ideas with your child's teacher, Title I parent advisory committee, or parental organization regarding parental involvement

Parents` Right to Know

PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW


(1) INFORMATION FOR PARENTS-


(A) IN GENERAL.—At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including at a minimum, the following:


(i) Whether the student’s teacher—

(I) has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction


(II) is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification nor licensing criteria have been waived; and


(III) is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.


(ii) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.


(B) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.—In addition to the information that parents may request under subparagraph(A), a school that receives funds under this part shall provide to each individual parent of a child who is a student in such school, with respect to such student—


(i) information on the level of achievement and academic growth of the student, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments required under this part; and


(ii) timely notice that the student has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned


If your student is assigned a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks who has not met appropriate state certification and licensure requirements at grade level and subject area in which he/she has been assigned to teach, you should receive the following letter if your student attends a school served with Title I funding.

Sample Letter

School Letterhead

Parent Notification Regarding Certification Status of Teacher

Dear Parent:

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law on December 10, 2015, all teachers teaching in a program supported with Title I funding must inform parents if their child is assigned a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks who has not met appropriate state certification and licensure requirements at grade level and subject area in which they have been assigned to teach, including any requirements for certification obtained through alternative routes to certification.

As of the date of this letter, your child’s teacher (Mr. /Ms._____) has not met full certification/licensure requirements.

If you have questions regarding (teacher’s name) qualifications, please feel free to contact (_____________) at (phone number).

Sincerely,

Name /Title

LEA


Documents:

Parent Right-To--Know and Title Certification and Licensure Requirements English

Parent Right-To--Know and Title Certification and Licensure Requirements Spanish


Parental Involvement Links