The Federal Programs Department is responsible for the administration and monitoring of various Federal and State funded programs and grants. The funding, in most
cases, is provided to the LEA (local education agency) to supplement
those activities and programs already in place within the Monroe County
School System. The purpose of Federal Funds is to provide supplemental assistance and enhancement to schools and school district, such that programs can be developed and implemented that promote academic achievement.
Supplement vs Supplant - No Child Left Behind 1120(b)
Monroe County Public Schools use federal funds to supplement the funds that would, in the absence of such Federal funds, be made available from non- Federal sources for the education of students participating in programs assisted under this part, and not to supplant such funds.
What does that mean?
Education initiatives are initially a State and Local issue. Federal funds support all State and Local mandated initiatives.
if the initiative is one that must exist to educate students, Federal Funds can only be used for support after, the expenditure of State and
purpose of this program is to ensure that all children have a fair,
equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education
and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic
achievement standards and state academic assessments.
This purpose can be accomplished by...
ensuring that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with challenging
State academic standards so that students, teachers, parents and
administrators can measure progress against common expectations for
student academic achievement;
educational needs of low-achieving children in our highest-poverty
schools, limited English proficient children, migratory children,
children with disabilities, neglected or delinquent children, and young children in need of academic assistance;
closing the achievement gap between high and low performing children, especially the
achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students, and between
disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers;
an enriched and accelerated educational program, including the use of
schoolwide program or additional services that increase the amount and
quality on instructional time;
promoting and ensuring the access of children to effective, scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content;
significantly elevating the quality of instruction providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development;
affording parents substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of children.
All Title programs and special grants are governed by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. With passage of No Child Left Behind, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)--the principal federal law affecting education
from kindergarten through high school. In amending ESEA, the new law
represents a sweeping overhaul of federal efforts to support elementary
and secondary education in the United States. It is built on four
common-sense pillars: accountability for results; an emphasis on doing
what works based on scientific research; expanded parental options; and
expanded local control and flexibility.
Federal Funding that Monroe County Public Schools manage:
Title I, Part A
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged supports programs and resources for disadvantaged students. Title 1 A funding is designed to aid districts in closing the achievement gap by placing highly qualified teachers in classrooms. Title I, School Improvement Funds support our Focus Schools.
Title II, Part A
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals provides
resources for improving teacher and principal quality. It focuses on
preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and
Title VI, Rural and Low-Income
Provides resources for Title I like activities
that support Title I Schoolwide Schools and non-Title I Schools for
rural and low-income schools to aid districts in closing the achievement
Federal Programs Contacts:
William Combs, Director of Federal Programs
Lora Holley, Federal Programs Bookkeeper