Three local schools have submitted applications that, if approved, would allow them to offer schoolwide Title I programming.
Meadowlark Elementary, Cloud Peak Elementary and Kaycee K-5 all sent applications to the Wyoming Department of Education last week, after approval by the Johnson County School District board of trustees.
If approved by the state, the schools could use Title I money to support schoolwide programs, so that every child benefits from the added services and programs. A switch to schoolwide programming would not change the current number of federal dollars received by the schools but would allow the dollars to benefit every student in the schools.
Currently, the schools receive their funds via a targeted assistance model. Under this model, Title I funds may only be used to serve a select group of children – those identified as most in need of educational assistance. This program targets the needs of a few rather than overall school improvement.
Title I is the largest federal aid program for public schools in the United States, and it provides federal funds to schools with high percentages of low-income students. These funds are used for extra educational services to help at-risk students succeed, regardless of economic disadvantages. For example, funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics to reinforce the curriculum taught in the classroom.