By Sherry Roland-Washington
Originated in 1964, Title I is a federal grant program designed to provide financial assistance for students living in high poverty areas. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) receive funds for specific populations in two ways: targeted assistance or schoolwide assistance. If the student’s school socioeconomic status is less than 75 percent, the LEA is eligible to receive funds for this specific population. If the total social economic status student population for the LEY’S school building is more than, 75 percent schools are encouraged to apply for the funds as a schoolwide Title I program. The school wide status affords designated schools additional funds, and flexibility to meet the needs of their learners. Title I is one of the oldest federal programs supporting elementary and secondary education in the United States. More than 90 percent of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of Title I funding.