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Important Information

Title I, Part A (Basic)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance through state education agencies (SEAs) to local education agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.


Title I funds may be used for children from preschool through grade 12.  LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest poverty rates.  Public schools with poverty rates of at least 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds, to operate a schoolwide program to upgrade the entire educational program. Schools with poverty rates below 40 percent, or those choosing not to operate a schoolwide program, offer a targeted assistance program. In a targeted assistance program, the school serves Title I-
eligible students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging state academic standards.  The school then designs, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Both schoolwide and targeted assistance programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parent and family engagement.

Title II, Part A (Effective Instruction)

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase student academic achievement consistent with the challenging state academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

Title lV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants)

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to:

1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
2) improve school conditions for student learning; and
3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Title V, Part B (Rural Education)

The purpose of the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) grant program is to provide rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. The grant is non-competitive, and eligibility is determined by statute.

LEAs that receive RLIS grants may use the funds to carry out the following types of activities:
 Parental involvement activities
 Improving Basic Programs Operated by local education agencies
 Supporting Effective Instruction
 Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
 Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Ken McGaha - Director
662-447-2353 ext. 1009
Tonya Little - Secretary
662-447-2353 ext. 1000