The responsibility for implementation of the Title I policy is shared between the Title I Director and each building principal. The designation of these duties is described below.
Title I Staff and Parent Responsibilities
- Development of the District's Plan will include input from parents of eligible students, teachers, administrators and related personnel.
- Provide letters to parents regarding Title I programs and curriculum, how their children were selected for Title I, how their progress will be measured, how much progress they are expected to make during the school year, and how their performance compares to that of their schoolmates.
- Provide an orientation meeting for parents each school year before the end of the first quarter.
- Provide parents of each school with the results of the annual review. This review is to include the individual school performance profiles.
- Provide timely notification to parents, in the form of letters and flyers, regarding Title I meetings and workshops.
- Offer professional development opportunities for teachers on increasing their effectiveness in teaching all students eligible for Title I services and on addressing the needs of Title I parents.
- Offer workshops for parents on how to help assist in the instruction of their children.
- The District will conduct an annual review meeting of Title I activities which will include, but not be limited to, parent evaluations and the school-parent compact. Meeting agenda sign-in sheets for parents and staff, as well as, meeting minutes will be maintained by the District.
- Send data regarding year-end Title I program evaluation results to all parents.
- Invite parents to and include parents in Title I program review team meetings.
- Notify parents regarding the professional qualifications of their student's classroom teachers.
Title I Staff Qualifications
Title I teachers hired after the first day of school for 2002-2003 must meet the following qualifications:
- Have obtained full state certification as a teacher.
- Hold at least a bachelor's degree.
- Elementary teachers - have demonstrated subject knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, mathematics and other areas of the basic elementary school curriculum.
- Secondary teachers - have demonstrated a high level of competency in each of the academic subjects that they teach.
Title I teachers hired prior to 2002-2003 must meet the same qualifications by the end of 2005-2006.
Title I paraprofessionals hired after January 8, 2002, must have a secondary school diploma or a GED and meet one of the following qualifications:
- Completed at least two (2) years of study at an institution of higher education, or
- Obtained an associate's (or higher) degree, or
- Have demonstrated knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
Title I paraprofessionals hired prior to January 8, 2002, must meet the above qualifications by January 8, 2006. Exceptions to these qualifications would apply to those Title I paraprofessionals who primarily serve as translators or whose duties consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities.
Title I Building Level Responsibilities
Each Title I building administrator will invite all parents to attend their school's program planning meetings, school review and improvement meetings.
Title I teachers will provide parents with quarterly written reports on the progress of their children, so that parents can know the extent to which they are learning. Teachers will be available for individual conferences at the regularly scheduled District Parent/Teacher Conference dates and at other times by appointment through each building office. Meeting times will take into account the need to accommodate a variety of parent work schedules.
Through these reports and conferences, Title I teachers will provide parents with the results of evaluations of student progress. These evaluations will include, but will not be limited to, test results, measurements of homework turned in, homework completed, student attitudes and student behavior.
Each Title I school will:
- Design and sponsor activities to address the needs of children which are unmet due to the absence of one parent.
- Design types of parent involvement that do not involve being at school, such as helping teachers by assembling materials at home for use in classroom activities.
- Offer opportunities and materials for parents to participate in classroom activities.
Parent Notification of Teacher Qualifications
At the beginning of each school year, the District will notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I funds that they may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications; and
- What baccalaureate degree major and any other graduate certification or degree is held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
In addition to the information that parents may request, the District will provide to each individual parent:
- Information on achievement level of the parent's child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and
- Timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
Requests by parents for this information must be provided in a timely manner.
Title I Grievance Procedure
This grievance procedure applies to all complaints regarding District operations under all programs authorized under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV (Part A), Title V, Title VI, Title VII and Title IX (Part C).
A formal complaint may be filed by parents, member of the public, teachers, or other District employees. Complaints must be in writing; must be signed by the complainant; and must include facts, including documentary evidence that supports the complaint and the specific requirement, statute, or regulation alleged to have been violated.
All complaints must be filed with the Superintendent or Superintendent's designee and will be addressed in a prompt and courteous manner.
- The District will notify the Commission of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the complaint.
- The District will investigate and process the complaint within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint.
- The complaint findings and resolutions will be disseminated to all parties and to the Board of Education.
- If dissatisfied with the District's determination, complainant may appeal to DESE within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the District's determination.