Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- Associate Superintendent Steve Flynt gave Gwinnett County Public Schools officials an update on the federal government's low-income funding distribution program during Thursday's work session.
Facilities which receive the funding, known as Title I schools, are those with a high percentage of low-income students.
According to Flynt's report, the district's poverty average is about 54 percent. Any location at or above the district average is eligible to become a Title I school.
In the 2012-13 academic year, 55 schools will be served. The number includes 37 elementary, 10 middle and 8 high schools.
"We've seen an increase in our poverty average across the county," Flynt said.
He added that benefits of a Title I program include additional staff and increased resources, extended learning time programs, staff development and the use of a parent resource center.
The local district's Title I budget is $35.5 million, with a final budget to be approved in August by the state board of education.
Title 1 is a provision of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed in 1965. It is a program created by the United States Department of Education to distribute funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families