Responsive to this request, no responsive records of communications between Board of Education members and staff regarding discrepancies between these meetings exist. Staff indicates the discussion during the September 19, 2019, Board of Education meeting noted Title I funds were distributed to Title I identified schools to emphasize the fact such funds don’t follow individual students when students move between schools. Once schools have been identified as Title I (based on grade span and percentage of students receiving Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMs)), the schools can provide services through one of two types of Title I programs. Targeted Assistance programs use funds only to support students who are underperforming in mathematics and/or reading. Schoolwide programs can use funds to benefit every student at the school, regardless of their academic performance. In order to enact a Schoolwide program, a Title I school must have at least 40% of its students receiving FARMs and go through a conversion process. The Attendance Area Committee discussion addressed the transition of Title I schools from having Schoolwide to Targeted Assistance programs if re-districting caused their FARMs percentage to drop below 40% and transitioning from a Title I school to a non-Title I school if re-districting caused them to no longer be one of the elementary schools with the highest percentages of students receiving FARMs.
HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-196
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