Millington Community Schools receives funding annually in federal and state grant money from the Michigan Department of Education to operate Title I, at-risk and innovative programs in its schools.
Improving basic programs is designed to help disadvantaged children -- from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade --meet high academic standards and to help children who are failing, or at mst risk of failing, to meet the district's core academic curriculum standards. Supplemental academic services are provided to eligible children. This instructional assistance is designed 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 state academic achievement standards and assessments.
Among the supportive services these grants provide are the following additional staff:
• Title I Reading/Mathematics Intervention Teacher
• Social Worker
• Young 5's Teacher
These individuals provide instructional interventions and other services to our children, parents and school staff. This assistance 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 assessment.
Title I services are offered at Kirk Elementary School. It is a targeted school, which means funding from this source is used for students only identified by locally assigned assessments.
Title II services provide teacher and principal training and recruitment focuses on training and retaining highly qualified staff throughout the district. A major source of that training recently has been with the Institute for Excellence in Education, which has been working with our staff in mathematics in the Focused Instructional Model. This has been a district-wide initiative.
Another professional development initiative for our staff has been in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Staff for this effort are being trained in grades 6-9 in efforts to deliver a quality, rigorous curriculum.
The Title I, Part A program is designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards by participating in either a school wide or targeted assistance program. Schoolwide programs are implemented in high-poverty schools following a year of planning with external technical assistance and use Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school. Targeted assistance programs provide supplementary instruction to children who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet the district's core academic curriculum standards. School-based decision-making, professional development, and parent involvement are important components of each district's Title I, Part A program.
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.
Title II, Part A provides these agencies with the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders,
Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts, public school academies or the Education Achievement Authority for instructional and pupil support services who meet the at-risk identification characteristics specified in the legislation. These characteristics include low achievement on State- or local-administered assessments in mathematics, English language arts, social studies or science; failure to meet proficiency standards in reading by the end of 3rd grade or career and college readiness for high school students at the end of 12th grade; a victim of child abuse or neglect; is a pregnant teenager or teen parent; has a family history of school failure, incarceration or substance abuse; is a pupil in a priority or priority successor school; and in the absence of State or local assessment data, meets at least two or more identified risk factors. Section 31a funds are limited to instructional services, and direct non-instructional services to pupils. They may not be used for administration or other related costs.
ESEA Section 1118 Legislation requires school districts to inform parents with their rights to know the credentials of those teaching their students. To view the teaching credentials of your child's teacher please visit Michigan Educator Certification