Inside Background

Federal Programs – Title I

Title I is the largest federally funded program in education, signed into law in 1963 by President Lyndon Johnson. It was designed to help students having difficulties with reading and/or mathematics by providing extra funds for extra attention, as well as materials and teachers.  The basic principle of Title I is that schools with large concentrations of low-income students will receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting student’s educational goals.  Title I funds can be used for instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, and to improve curriculum. Monies are appropriated to each state for management and distribution to each school district. Each school district must reapply each year for the Title I Grant and sign an agreement to accept the conditions of the Title I contract. Funding is directed to schools with the highest poverty levels and school districts reapply for funding each year. Schools are either considered Targeted Assistance schools or Schoolwide Program schools. All elementary schools within the New Kensington-Arnold School District are Schoolwide Program schools. High-poverty schools (those with 40% or more students from low-income families) are eligible to adopt Schoolwide Programs to raise the achievement of all students by improving instruction throughout the entire school, thus using Title I funds to serve ALL children.  

Federal Programs Coordinator

Jon Banko

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  724-337-4536 x1081

Federal Programs Liaison

Dana Fularz

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 724-335-2511 x3138