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BOE reviews Title I information

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

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Award88 1 year, 9 months ago

And yet somehow this extra money, which is also tied to extra Federal Government control, has yet to lead to an improvement of schools in lower income areas.

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teelee 1 year, 9 months ago

The federal government is why the schools are so screwed up now. End this year round school garbage. Kids should be off June, July and August. They should all go back the day after Labor Day like we did in the 20 Century. It worked then ok, we split the atom, cured polio and went to the moon. Why send these kids back to school during the first week of August when it is 95' and humid. The bus drivers don't even have air conditioned buses. If Dekalb County can save 30 million dollars by slashing 10 days of school in August then maybe we need to re think this whole thing!

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

"He added (Associate Superintendent Steve Flynt) 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." This Federal program is telling you one thing: Kids from poor families are stupid. This is not so and people should take offense to taking money for such purposes. Many are very smart but need financial help not be put in a class mostly for poor kids.

"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." This is monies just thrown at a problem with no rules and to how it is supposed to be used? The money should be used to help pay for school costs for poor kids, not just to educated them. Maybe they are wasting their time in this program and would rather be home with their friends. That is why they hate "programs" and the system.

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