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Title I

Title I is a federally funded program through the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) that provides financial assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families and is designed to assist schools in ensuring that all children meet challenging academic standards in reading and/or math.

Title funding for the Willmar Public Schools is based on the free and reduced lunch count.

What are some typical Title I services?

Title I funding is used to support supplemental reading and math services for early childhood programming as well as Kennedy and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. Both elementary schools have implemented a schoolwide program using Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program at both schools. Title I funds are used to serve all students at those schools.

How are parents/guardians involved?

Parents are encouraged to participate in Title I l meetings and family learning opportunities. Each building holds an annual Title I Parent meeting that all parents are invited to attend. Parents, staff, and students are asked to support student success by carrying out the goals and shared responsibilities in the School/Home.

Read the Willmar Public School District Title I Parent Engagement Plan

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

  • Know the qualification of your child’s teacher.
  • Work with other parents and staff to develop a school/home compact between the school and its families.
  • Work with teachers, parents, and the school principal to develop your school’s family involvement plan.

Parent’s right to know

At the beginning of each school year, school districts must notify parents of children attending Title I schools so that they can request information regarding their children’s teachers. If a student is taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified, the parents must be notified.