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Title I

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Overview

Title I is the U.S. federal government’s largest education program to support public schools. The purpose is to support learners in meeting the state's academic standards. Title I programming supplements our regular education programming. Students are selected to receive Title I services based on a number of factors, including performance on standardized tests, classroom assessments and teacher recommendation. The funds are used to provide academic support to students who attend Richfield Middle School, Sheridan Hills Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Richfield Dual Language School and Richfield STEM School and who have been identified as needing assistance in meeting grade-level expectations. 

All of our Title I schools use Title I funding in a schoolwide model. In a schoolwide model, Title I funds are used across the whole school, supporting and supplementing state and local funds to improve the education of historically under served students. Title I funding must always supplement and never supplant the regular education program at school. 

A percentage of the Title I funds at a school are used to support parents with involvement in their child’s education. Schools provide opportunities for parents to learn how to support their children in their school work, to be involved at the school through volunteering and decision making opportunities and they assist parents by removing barriers to involvement. 

You can view our school report cards on the Minnesota Department of Education's website.

Other Uses for Title I Funds

A percentage of the Title I funds at a school are used to support parents with involvement in their child’s education. Schools provide opportunities for parents to learn how to support their children in their school work, to be involved at the school through volunteering and decision making opportunities and they assist parents by removing barriers to involvement. 

Some ways Title I funds may be used to support parents include:

  • Translate school information into a family's first language
  • Provide interpreters
  • Host activities to teach families how to help children learn by building their capacity
  • Support for understanding student assessments or the curriculum in use
  • Provide transportation to academic meetings and/or school activities
  • Provide childcare for school meetings and/or activities
  • Offer parenting classes (e.g. Voices United)

We also allocate Title I funds to:

  • Provide training to administrators and teachers
  • Help special populations of students, including those attending non-public schools and students/families experiencing homelessness

Parent/Guardian Rights

As a parent/guardian, you have the right to:

  • know the qualifications of your child’s teacher
  • know when your child has a substitute teacher for more than four weeks and the qualifications of the substitute teacher
  • know how your child’s school is rated on state test scores
  • expect regular communication with your school in a language that you can understand
  • work with other parents and staff to develop a school-level parent compact between the school and its families
  • help plan how money for family involvement should be spent
  • work with teachers, parents and the school principal to develop your school’s family involvement plan
  • ask for a meeting with your school principal or your child’s teacher at any time

School Improvement Plans

Richfield Public Schools

Contact

MARY CLARKSON

EXEC DIR OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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