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Federal Programs

Federal Programs Summary Guide


Federal Programs Summary Guide
Copiah County School District
 
 
 
 
TITLE I - A
 
Title I, Part A – Improving Academic Achievement - Title I – A provides flow-through funds to local educational agencies (LEAs or school districts) with extra resources to help improve instruction in high-poverty schools and to ensure that poor and minority children have the same opportunity as other children to meet challenging state academic standards.
 
Accountability Systems, Standards, and Assessments – state accountability systems must be based on required standards and assessments and other indicators and must take into account the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students.
 
Assessments must be “valid and reliable” for the state’s purposes, aligned with state standards, and designed so that schools receive “itemized score analyses” that allow educators and parents to use them for diagnostic purposes.
 
Adequate Yearly Progress – States must define “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) in a way that applies to all student groups, results in continuous improvement, and is “based primarily” on the required state assessments. AYP measures must include “separate measurable annual objectives” for economically disadvantaged, disabled, and LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students, and for students from major racial and ethnic groups.
 
Accountability – The district as well as schools can be identified as needing improvement for failing to make AYP for two consecutive years and must develop plans parallel to those for schools. The state must take corrective action for districts failing to make AYP after two years of technical assistance.
 
Equitable Services for Private School Students – Local Educational Agencies (LEAs or school districts) must ensure not only that private school students receive equitable services as compared to those offered to public school students, but also that teachers and families of participating private school students have professional development and parent involvement activity opportunities, on an equitable basis.
 
 
  
 
TITLE II – A
 
Title II, Part A - provides flow-through grants to LEAs to (1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools and (2) hold LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. Districts’ use of funds must target schools that have the lowest proportion of highly qualified teachers, have the largest average class size or are identified for school improvement. Funds may be used for the following:
 
·         Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers
·         Developing and implementing initiatives to assist in recruiting, hiring and retaining highly    
        qualified teachers, such as providing scholarships, signing bonuses, or other financial
        incentives
·         Providing professional development activities that will improve the knowledge of teachers   
        and principals, and in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals focused in one or more of the
        core academic subjects that teachers teach; and effective instructional strategies, methods
        and skills
·         Developing and implementing initiatives to promote retention of highly qualified teachers
        and principals within schools with a high percentage of low-achieving students, including
        programs that provide teacher mentoring from exemplary teachers
·         Carrying out professional development activities and programs designed to improve the
        quality of the teacher force, principals, etc.
·         Hiring quality teachers including teachers who become highly qualified through an alternate  
        route.

 

 

 

Copiah County School District

 Procedures for Enrolling Homeless Students

 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act assures preschool-aged, school-aged children and unaccompanied youth certain rights.

 

Definition:

The McKinney-Vento Acts defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  The term includes:

·         Children and youth who are:

Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason {sometimes referred to as doubled-up);

                Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of  

                  alternative adequate accommodations;

                Living in emergency or transitional shelters;

                Abandoned in hospitals; or    

                Awaiting foster care placement;

·         Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is

a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as a

       regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

·         Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

·         Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are in circumstances described above.

·         Unaccompanied youth includes homeless students not in physical custody of a parent or guardian.

Requirements:

The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students.  They include waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services.  The Act also states:

·         Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing.

·         Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll

·         Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records.

·         Homeless students have a right to transportation to school.

·         Students must be provided a statement explaining whey they are denied any service or enrollment.

·         Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled.

 

Procedures for Identifying a Homeless Student

A student may be considered homeless if:

·         The student indicates a homeless status at the time of enrollment

·         An affidavit of residency or McKinney-Vento Referral Form indicate that the arrangement is temporary due to necessity (due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason)

 

Procedure for Enrolling a Homeless Student

The school may not deny, delay, or transfer enrollment solely because a student is homeless, or because a homeless student is unable to produce school, medical, or residency records.

A school enrolling, or about to enroll, a homeless student shall:

·         Immediately enroll the student, regardless of the availability of educational and/or immunization records:

(1)    If a student attempts to register without a parent/guardian, effort should be made to contact the parent/guardian.

(2)    The homeless student may not be barred from enrollment due to lack of immunization until an effort has been made to obtain records.  If records cannot be obtained, assistance should be provided in getting the student properly immunized.

(3)    If a birth certificate is not available, the student should be registered.  Department of Human Services may be contacted to assist in obtaining a copy of the birth certificate.

(4)    The student will be identified as homeless in MSIS.

·         Make a reasonable effort to verify that the child is homeless.

·         Contact the school last attended to obtain relevant academic and other records:

(1)   If student records cannot be obtained or records are not available, an educational record (cumulative folder) will be developed. In these cases, an academic diagnostic test may be administered to assist in the determination of the student’s skill levels and appropriate placement.

(2)   Priority shall be given in evaluations of homeless student suspected of having a disability.

·         Provide free meals within one school day after the student enrolled. If necessary, assistance will be provided for completion of free and reduced lunch forms.

·         Provide access to the same services comparable to those offered to other students in the school which the homeless student attends such as:

                        transportation services

                        educational services

                        school nutrition programs

                        vocational and technical programs

                        extra-curricular and enrichment activities

·         Coordinate with and/or refer student to other community resources in offering assistance to the homeless student/family.  Assistance can be provided by the Copiah County Family Resource Center at 601-892-3688.

·         Contact the district homeless liaison, Stephanie Bradshaw, at

601-894-5030.

 

It is important that the academic and educational programs for children who are temporarily without a home are no different than those of the general student population.  



Department Contacts
+ Berry, Stephen - Tech. Specialist: Network Admin.
+ Bradshaw, Stephanie - Program Coordinator
+ Green, Kristi - Secretary
+ Taylor, Charles - Computer Technician Assistant
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