Julie Harrison, Federal Projects Supervisor and Homeless Liaison

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The Office of Federal Programs of Wilson County Schools coordinates and monitors federal grants awarded the district through the State Department of Education.  These programs include Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs, Title I C: Migrant Education Program, Title II – Part A – Teacher Quality, Title III, Limited English Proficient programs, and Title X: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.  For more information on Wilson County Schools Federal Programs, please contact Julie Harrison, 615-444-3282.

 Title I

 Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s schools.  The goal of Title I is a high quality education for every child.  The program provides extra help to students who need it most.  All Title I teachers and paraprofessionals are highly qualified.  Parents may request information about the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child.

 The No Child Left Behind act authorizes a Title I school to develop a school-wide program when the free and reduced lunch percentage reaches 40%.  A school-wide program allows the school to consolidate federal funds to strengthen the core academic program.  An eligible school must first develop a plan that describes how the school will implement the required components and describe how the school will use its resources.  All five Title I schools qualify for and operate as school-wide programs.

 The following Wilson County elementary schools are receiving Title I funds:

Carroll Oakland Elementary
Tuckers Crossroads Elementary
Southside Elementary
Watertown Elementary
W. A. Wright Elementary

The Title I Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or age.

 Title IC: Migrant Education Program

 The primary goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards AND graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment. The Migrant Education Program provides formula grants to districts to establish or improve education programs for migrant children. These grants to assist districts in improving educational opportunities for migrant children to help them succeed in the regular school program, meet the challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet, and graduate from high school.

Title II

 The purpose of the Title II program is to increase academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.  Title II, Part A funds must be utilized for providing scientifically research based methods for teachers and principals when planning for professional development.

 Title III: English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement

 The purpose of Title III, Part A, is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet.  Funds are directed to states and eligible local districts or consortia through a formula grant allocation.

 Title X: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act

 The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  The program is now referred to as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001.  This part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is intended to ensure that students in transition are not left behind in school.  Stability and adequacy of the living arrangement are critical considerations when determining qualifications.  The term “student in transition” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.