Title I Schools & Programs
SPPS Title I Schools
In Saint Paul, to be designated as a Title I school, a school must have a concentration percentage of free and reduced lunch eligible students of 40% or more based on the previous year's October 1 Count. Concentration is calculated by assigning .5 per eligible student for reduced priced lunches and 1.0 per eligible student for free lunch. That total is divided by the total number of students enrolled in the school on October 1st (.5*R + 1.0*F)/total enrollment.
Most schools in Saint Paul use Title I funding in a schoolwide model. In a schoolwide model, the school uses the Title I funding across the whole school, supporting and supplementing state and local funds to improve the education of historically disadvantaged students. Title I funding must always supplement and never supplant the regular education program at a school.
A percentage of the Title I funds at a school are used to support parents in their involvement of their children'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 being involved.
Non Public Programs
Under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) school districts are required to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers and their families with services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families. Services, not money, are provided by St. Paul Public Schools to eligible students, their families, and staff at the nonpublic school sites.
SPPS provides services in three areas under ESEA:
All of these services are planned and provided through meaningful consultation with private school officials. Together, district personnel and private school officials determine what services best meet the needs of participating children and staff.
All equitable services under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are secular, neutral, and non-ideological. All goods and materials used for equitable services for private schools are the property of the district.
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