What is Title I Funding?

  • Parent engagement is required by law for schools receiving Title I funding. Title I, which is part of the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind, provides for additional funding for schools and districts to help address the needs of students from low-income families. Title I school eligibility is determined by the percentage of students at the school who are eligible to receive free lunch. The percentage cutoff is variable, and might change from year to year,

    Once a school's Title I eligibility is established, the amount of Title I funding it receives is based on student eligibility: those students that are not meeting or at risk of not meeting state academic standards are considered eligible.

    Title I funds are designated for parent engagement.

    Title I schools must:

    • Conduct an annual Title I Parent Meeting to inform parents about the school's Title I program and explain the requirements and rights of parents who are involved. 
    • Offer meetings to parents to provide them with opportunities to hear and learn about the schools' Title I program
    • Provide parents with timely information about their child's progress.

    Title I parents are also required to be involved in the school's planning and evaluation of the Title I program and budget. The Title I Parent Committee, which is composed of representatives elected by Title I parents, serves this function. All parents of children in the school's Title I program are eligible to serve on the committee. Title I parents Title I Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).