The JCSS Federal Programs Department works to ensure all children have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and to achieve proficiency on high academic standards.
Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs)
Title I is a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of economically disadvantaged students to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards. Funds from this program are used to provide students with supplemental core academic instructional support, additional paraprofessional academic support, supplemental instructional materials and parent involvement initiatives that support Title I Schoolwide Improvement Plans. One of the major tenets of the Title I program is to increase and maintain parental involvement in the school.
Title II, Part A (Preparing & Training Teachers and Leaders)
Title II Part A focuses on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals and requires States to develop plans with annual measurable objectives that will ensure that all teachers teaching in core academic subjects are highly qualified.
Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners)
The English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act, as reauthorized by the 2001 amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a federally funded educational program. The purpose of Title III is to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. Funds are used to implement language instruction educational programs designed to help LEP students achieve these standards. State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools are accountable for increasing the English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of LEP students.
Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
Authorized in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) introduced a new block formula grant under Title IV, Part A with a wide range of allowable uses. Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants are intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, LEAs, schools, and local communities to, provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students (ESEA section 4101).