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Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Students

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), or the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was signed into law on January 8, 2002, and represents the most significant changes to educational policy in over 35 years. The new law expands the role of the federal government in K-12 education and focuses on four principles:

  • expanded options for parents;
  • increased accountability for results;
  • instruction based on proven educational methods; and
  • increased flexibility and local control.

NCLB includes Title I, which is one of the largest sources of federal aid to elementary and secondary schools. The purpose of Title I 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.

In addition to Title I, NCLB includes the Title IV, 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  The 21st CCLC program provides before and after school services to children and their families, including academic and personal enrichment activities, designed to help students meet performance standards in core academic subjects.   

Title I in Seminole County Schools

Title I Part A
Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) receives an annual allocation of federal dollars to provide resources to schools that have high percentages of children who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Those resources are used to improve student achievement through interventions, teacher training, and family engagement. Activities are aligned with the SCPS Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan, Schoolwide Plans, and School Improvement Plans. Part A funds are also used to provide services to homeless children, children in local institutions for neglected and delinquent children, and to ensure that non-public school students, their parents, and teachers receive equitable services.

Currently, 15 elementary schools,four middle schools, three special centers,one charter school and nine non-public schools are receiving resources under Part A. Part A funds are also used for tutoring at two shelters: Eugene Gregory Consequences Center and The Juvenile Detention Center.

Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals
All Title I schools are required to employ only highly qualified teachers and instructional paraprofessionals. If at any time your child is taught by a non-highly qualified teacher, your school will notify you. In addition, you have the right to:

  • Request whether your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s) meet the state certification requirements for the grade levels and subject areas in which they provide instruction.
  • Request whether a teacher and/or paraprofessional is teaching under emergency or other provisional status where state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • Request information on the baccalaureate degree major of a teacher and/or paraprofessional and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and/or paraprofessional, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

  If you would like to receive this information, please contact your child’s school.

Title I Part D
SCPS receives an annual allocation of dollars under Title I Part D of NCLB to support educational programs in local correctional institutions. The intent of the program is to educate youth who reside in institutions and provide services to help them successfully transition to further their education or to gain employment. The Title I Part D Project serves three centers: Eugene Gregory/Consequence Unit, The Juvenile Detention Center, and John Polk Correctional Facility. The grant also serves at-risk studens in three highschools and one middle school.  


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Jamee Minnetto

Jamee Minnetto

Director, Title I/Special Projects and Resource Development
Anjani Prashad, Ph.D.

Anjani Prashad, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Operational Support


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