Title I, Part A is a Federal program that provides financial assistance to public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children, as demonstrated by Free and Reduced Lunch numbers. These funds help ensure that all children are making progress toward meeting State academic content and student academic achievement standards. NCVA, due to its number of students that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, does receive Title 1 funding and is considered a “School-wide Program.” As a charter school, NCVA does not apply for Title 1 funding as we would for a competitive grant. Since we qualify to receive the Federal funding, we apply to the Department of Public Instruction explaining how we proposed to utilize those funds to improve academic achievement for the students at our school. Currently, the grant utilizes funding for these major purposes: (1) increasing student engagement and (2) offering interventions in identified core content areas.
A part of the requirements for Title 1 is to have a Parent Involvement Policy. The board-approved policy regarding Title 1 is attached here: Parent Involvement Policy [PDF]
Parent Right to Know:
A parent can request information about any teacher of their child. Under Federal law pertaining to Title 1 schools, parents have the right to know:
- Whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- The degree or major of a teacher and any other graduate certificate held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the degree or certification.
In addition to the information that parents may request, a school that receives Title 1 funds must provide each individual parent a timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. The notice and information provided to parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent possible, provided in a language that parents can understand. This applies to all core academic subjects in a Title 1 school, regardless if the school has a school wide or targeted assistance program.