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Federal Programs

The mission and responsibility of Federal Programs is to procure, monitor, and utilize federal funds for the following programs to provide quality educational opportunities for Yellow Springs Schools. 

Title I-A: The purpose of Title I is to provide all children “significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” To achieve that, states must develop accountability systems to identify and support schools with academically struggling students, and LEAs and schools must use their Title I funds to improve student outcomes, including academic achievement. 

Title I Parent’s Right to Know Professional Qualifications

Parents and guardians may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including:

  1. If the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;

  2. If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which state qualifications or licensing criteria are waived;

  3. The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline.

  4. And whether your student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.  

Please see the parent notice and how to request information by clicking HERE

State-Mandated Assessments

Parents and guardians have the right to know information about policies regarding student participation in state-mandated assessments in a school receiving Title I funds.  The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that any school district receiving Title I funds must notify parents that they may request information and/or policies regarding student participation in state-mandated assessments.  You can find the district policy addressing student participation in state-mandated assessments at the link below.   As a recipient of Title I funds, Yellow Springs Schools will provide you with this information promptly if you request it.  In addition, District state assessment information is also disseminated each school year during the Superintendent’s State of the Schools presentation.  

Yellow Springs Schools Policy 2623  

Public Comment & Input on the Use of Title I-A Funds

FEDERAL PROGRAM BUDGETS: Title I-A, II-A & IV-A

Our Title I funds are used to ensure supplemental tutoring, educational experiences, and educational resources for basic literacy and mathematics are available to elementary students in need, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, experiencing homelessness, or demonstrate limited English proficiency. There are stringent guidelines limiting how these funds can be used, and the proposed budget must be approved by the Office of Exceptional Children of the Ohio Department of Education & Workforce. Budget amendments are made as needed during the school year. 

Yellow Springs Schools currently receives enough funding to provide additional tutoring from qualified paraprofessional tutors, additional school counseling services, supplemental reading and math programs, and additional resources to target student needs and progress.  

Yellow Springs School residents are invited to participate in the development of the annual Title I-A budget. All responses will be considered carefully, and if they fall within the guidelines for usage, will be prioritized based on their appropriateness and overall benefit to those eligible. 

Click here to submit suggestions or comments regarding title i-a

Title II-A:  In general, Title II funds can be used to provide supplemental activities that strengthen the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders. The purpose of Title II is to: increase student achievement consistent with state standards;

improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.  

Title IV:  The purpose of the Title IV-A grant program is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the school's capacity to schools and local communities to:

provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology for improving the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Yellow Springs Schools is using our Title II-A funds to provide additional professional development opportunities and professional support for teachers to develop instructional strategies for differentiating instruction and developing classroom activities to support gifted learners and English language learners. The district is using our Title IV-A funds to provide the educational staff with professional development in the area of trauma-informed care classroom strategies and to provide an on-site staff trainer and consultant to support staff in developing behavior intervention/crisis prevention and de-escalation techniques.  

cLICK HERE TO SUBMIT SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING TITLE II-A AND IV-A