Julie Harrison, Federal Projects Supervisor and Homeless Liaison


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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)



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 IA:  Neglected, Title I C: Migrant Education Program, Title II – Part A – Teacher Quality, Title III, Limited English Proficient programs, and Title IX: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.  For more information on Wilson County Schools Federal Programs, please send correspondence via the Let’s Talk link above.

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 academic assistance to students who need it most.  All Title I teachers and paraprofessionals meet the state’s rigorous standards for licensure/qualification.  Parents may request information about the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child.

The Every Student Succeeds 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 currently receive Title I funds:

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

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

Title IA:  Neglected

Districts must reserve such funds as are necessary to provide services comparable to those provided to children participating in Title I, A programs for children living in local institutions for neglected children. Included in the district’s allocation of Title I, A funds are funds generated by the number of children living in institutions for neglected children and youth.

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 IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), 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 in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Title IX: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, authorized under the Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act, was reauthorized in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school with a strong emphasis on the importance of school stability for homeless children and youths. Changing schools multiple times significantly impedes a student’s academic and social growth. Therefore, the McKinney-Vento Act calls for school districts to maintain students in their school of origin to promote school stability and greater educational outcomes overall, unless it is not in the student’s best interest.  For more information, visit the McKinney-Vento/Homeless Assistance page.

For more information contact:

Julie Harrison
Federal Projects Supervisor and Homeless Liaison
615-444-3282 Ext. 7291