Title I provides financial assistance for schools with high numbers or high percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state. (1) Basic Grants provide funds to Districts in which the number of children counted in the formula is at least 10 and exceeds 2 percent of a District’s school-age population. (2) Concentration Grants flow to Districts where the number of formula children exceeds 6,500 or 15 percent of the total school-age population. (3) Targeted Grants are based on the same data used for Basic and Concentration Grants except that the data are weighted so that Districts with higher numbers or higher percentages of poor children receive more funds. Targeted Grants flow to Districts where the number of schoolchildren counted in the formula (without application of the formula weights) is at least 10 and exceeds 5 percent of the District’s school-age population. (4) Education Finance Incentive Grants distribute funds to states based on factors that measure: (a) a state’s effort to provide financial support for education compared to its relative wealth as measured by its per capita income and (b) the degree to which education expenditures among Districts within the state are equalized. Once a state’s EFIG allocation is determined, funds are allocated (using a weighted count formula that is similar to Targeted Grants) to Districts in which the number of poor children is at least 10 and at least 5 percent of the District’s school-age population.
Districts target the Title I funds they receive to schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a school-wide program, the school must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools in which poor children make up at least 40 percent of enrollment are eligible to use Title I funds for school-wide programs that serve all children in the school. LEAs also must use Title I funds to provide academic enrichment services to eligible children enrolled in private schools.
Print and complete the Title I Compact form below, and mail or fax the completed form to the Federal Programs office of the Southeast Delco School District for the required signature.