Title I FAQs
What is Title I?

Title I is the United States Federal Government’s largest education program to support public schools.  The Purpose: To help every child receive a high quality education and to achieve the high academic standards set by the State of Minnesota.

How is Title I funded?

The U.S. Department of Education gives a share of Title I funds to the each state based on the percentage of poverty in the state.  Minnesota then gives the money to school districts based the district poverty level as compared to the rest of the state.  State comparisons include the number of low income students and students in neglected and delinquent institutions in each district. Then SPPS distributes Title I funds to eligible schools. 

Which schools qualify for Title I funding in Saint Paul?

All schools with 40% or more of the students eligible to receive free or reduced priced lunch. This percentage can change from year to year.  Click here to see a list of the eligible Title I elementary, secondary and alternative schools and programs in Saint Paul Public Schools.

Title I also provides funding to support:

•Neglected and Delinquent Education Programs
•Boys Totem Town, Juvenile Detention Center Programs
•Project REACH / Fostering Connections, Homeless Education Programs
•Early Learning, and
•Parent Involvement

Who decides how Title I funds are used in the schools?

Each school decides how Title I funds will be used in their school to improve education for all children.  Site based leadership teams in collaboration with parents determine how Title I funds will be used to help support the school’s identified needs.  Data is reviewed to determine the greatest needs in a school and devise strategies to improve student achievement in the school.

What is a SCIP?

The SCIP is a School Continuous Improvement Plan for increased academic achievement of all students.  Title I resources and requirements are to support the improvement efforts outlined in the SCIP.  SCIPs are continuously revised based data and on the needs of the schools.

How does Title I support families?

Schools are required to plan how they will involve parents in the education of their children. Each school must write, with the help of parents, a school Family Engagement Plan.  The school’s Family Engagement Plan describes how schools and families work together to help children succeed.

Schools must also work with parents to develop a Compact. Parents and schools come together and sign the Parent - School compact which is an agreement between the school and the parents about how they will work together to support the child’s learning.

Schools must also include parents in decisions about how to better meet the needs of their students, improve education in their schools, and use Title I funds to build the capacity of parents and staff to be involved in their children's education.

Title I funds may be used to:

•Translate school information into families’ first language.
•Host activities to help families help children learn.
•Provide transportation, childcare, interpretation during meetings, and school activities.
•Offer parenting classes for parents.


How does Title I support students?

Students most in need of educational help are provided with additional support services. Title I Schools also set goals for school improvement, measure student progress using Minnesota State Standards, and provide programs and services beyond what the district usually provides.

Are there other uses of Title I funds?
Title I funds provide training to teachers and assistants.
They also help special populations of students:
•Children and families experiencing homelessness.
•Migrant children and their families.
•Neglected and Delinquent children.
•Children attending non-public schools.


What are a parent's rights under Title I law?

Parents have the right to:

  • Request information about the qualifications of their child’s teacher.
  • Be informed if their child is being taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher not licensed in the area of instruction.
  • See progress reports for their child and the school.
  • Help decide if the school is meeting their child’s needs and offer suggestions for improvement.

Which schools in St. Paul have Schoolwide Services?

The Schoolwide model is used in all but one Title I in SPPS schools that receive Title I services. The exception receives a Targeted Services Model.

Which schools in St. Paul have Targeted Assistance Services?

Groveland Park elementary is the one public Saint Paul school that uses a Targeted Assistance model.  The Office of Title I - Federal Programs oversees Targeted Assistance Title I programs at Non Public Schools.

What is the difference between Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance models?

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.

Targeted Assistance model: Title I funds provide services to eligible children identified as having the greatest need for special assistance.   Those students must also reside within the attendance area of a Title I school.  In this model Title I teachers pull out eligible students from class for extra instruction.

In both models Title I funding must always supplement and never supplant the regular education program at a school.

How do I register a complaint?

During the course of administering federally funded programs disagreements may arise.  Listed below are the procedures that will be followed in an attempt to resolve any disputes over issues raised.