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Federal Programs

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA was signed into law on December 10, 2015 and includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools.  Title I of this act is the largest federally funded educational program.  This program provides funds to school districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged students in order to:

  • improve student achievement for all participating children
  • improve staff development
  • improve parental and community involvement

In accordance with federal law, funds are allocated directly to schools to work toward these three goals.  Funds are allocated to districts based on the amount of children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals.  Federal law requires that a district not use Title I funds to offset expenses to a Title I school that would normally be paid by other sources if Title I funds were not available.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act provides important protections and rights for homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth.  This program is designed to meet the needs of children and youth who are homeless.  It helps students attend their original school or a school where they are currently living.  It makes sure that these students receive services comparable to those received by their classmates.

Migrant Education

The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle.  These efforts are aimed at helping migrant students succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or employment.