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Portland Public Schools Accepting ESEA Application Comments

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Portland Public Schools Accepting ESEA Application Comments
Posted on 06/21/2017
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The Portland Public Schools (PPS) accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.  As part of ESEA, PPS is required to provide reasonable opportunity for public comment on the consolidated application and consider such comment prior to submission of the application. The link to a feedback form is at the bottom of this page, at the end of the following summary:

The Portland Public Schools’ ESEA and Title I Coordinators have been working with schools and the district wide ESEA Application Team to develop a draft proposal for Title I, II and III funding for the 2017-18 school year.

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year input has been gathered from the representative ESEA Application team members, parents, and building leaders to plan for the use of ESEA funds in the upcoming year.  In addition, Title IA schools’ leadership teams review their school improvement plan progress, review their data, and develop an annual update to the current school-wide plan.

Title IA (preliminary allocation = $2.6 million)

Title IA supports programs and resources for disadvantaged students. Title IA funding is designed to aid districts in closing the achievement gap by providing supplemental services to students. Funds are available to school districts and schools based on a measure of poverty. PPS will have four schools that operate school-wide Title I programs (SWP), where Title I funds can be combined with state, local, and other federal funds to serve all students in the school. Portland will have three targeted assistance Title I program (TAS), where funds are targeted towards specific Title IA staff and activities to serve students who have been identified as most at-risk of not meeting state standards.

For 2017-2018 the following seven schools will receive Title IA funding based on our prioritization of the PreK-5 grade span and the percentage of students living in poverty: East End Community Schools (SWP); Reiche Elementary School (SWP); Presumpscot Elementary School (SWP); Riverton Elementary School (SWP); Hall Elementary School (TAS); Ocean Avenue Elementary School (TAS); Lyseth Elementary School (TAS).  This will accomplish the goal of serving all elementary schools that are eligible for Title I who have an enrollment greater than 100 students.

The Title IA school-wide schools have 3 broad common goals: to increase the number of students meeting or exceeding rigorous state standards; to improve school climate and culture; and to increase parent engagement in student learning.  Each school develops a set of objectives and action plans to meet these goals.

Federal law requires that a portion of Title IA funds be set aside to engage parents as partners in education (Parent Involvement), provide services to homeless youth (Homeless,) and provide equitable services to eligible youth in private schools within the district (Private Schools).

Parent Involvement: Title I Schools develop school specific parent involvement procedures and parent-school compacts to describe how schools and families will collaborate to help children meet rigorous state standards. Parent involvement funds are used to support school activities that provide information for parents on topics that are important to them and can help them support their child’s learning at home.

Homeless: The goals of this project are to improve attendance at school and academic achievement in school by assisting students experiencing homelessness with school enrollment and attendance, accessing necessary social services, and providing supplemental education services. Funds support social work services and tutoring services.

Private Schools: To provide Title IA services to eligible students at Levey Day School and St. Brigid School.

Additionally, Portland sets aside funds to support the professional development of Title IA teachers in public and private Title IA schools.

Title IIA (preliminary allocation = $450,000)

Title IIA provides resources for improving teacher and principal quality focused on preparing, training, and recruiting highly effective teachers and principals.  Portland’s Title IIA allocation supports the Literacy Coach in the non-Title IA elementary school and the three Middle School Strategists to improve teacher instruction and student achievement. Any additional funding will support training for staff in areas identified in the comprehensive plan, in particular effective math instruction and social emotional learning.

Private Schools: Equitable resources must be provided to private schools for the professional learning needs of the staff.  Breakwater, Cheverus, The Children’s Center, Levey Day, The Maine Girls’ Academy, St. Brigid, and Waynflete receive funding to conduct staff training and provide course reimbursement to enhance teachers’ content and knowledge.

Title III (preliminary allocation = $230,000)

Title III assists school districts in increasing English proficiency and student academic achievement of children who are limited English proficient and in providing high-quality professional development to classroom teachers, principals, and administrators involved in their education. The goals of this project are to conduct extended learning time programming for English language learners during the school year and over the summer; implement professional development throughout the academic year focused on best practices in academic language development; and utilize Parent and Community Specialists to increase parent engagement and increase access to their child’s educational programming.

This information will be posted on the district website with a link to a survey to solicit input. The survey information appears below.

PPS is accepting public comment on the above ESEA Application goals and priorities through July 12, 2017. Please share any thoughts or comments you would like to be considered for the 2017-2018 application below: