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11-20-2007 Organization of the Board - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #43


Title
H-3. Proposed Change in Title I School Eligibility

Discussion

The Office of Title I proposes raising the cut-off for schools to qualify for federal Title I funds. The district cut-off has been at 40% for several years, and Brevard is in the minority of Florida districts having a cut-off this low. While it has always been the district's philosophy to provide Title I funds to as many schools as possible, the No Child Left Behind Act requires such a large percentage of funds to be set aside for specific initiatives that the amount available for allocation directly to schools has decreased dramatically. (The per-pupil allocation this year decreased from $582 to $476.) The result in recent years has been to spread the money so thinly that it cannot have a significant impact. Schools that generate a small allocation due to their small size or lower poverty level find it difficult to afford the changes necessary to ensure AYP and avoid the sanctions of NCLB. The proposal is to raise the cut-off for Title I school eligibility to 45% for school year 2008-09 and to 50% for 2009-10. If approved, the number of Title I public schools would go from 31 to approximately 22 next year and 19 the following year. Three of the current 31 Title I schools no longer qualify due to having a poverty level less than the current threshold of 40%.

Based on the assumption that neither school poverty levels nor Title I funding vary greatly from year to year, the following elementary schools are projected to become ineligible under the new cut-off for 2008-09: Croton, Roy Allen, Fairglen, Gardendale, Sabal, Cape View, Pinewood, Campus Charter and Palm Bay Academy Charter. The following schools are projected to become ineligible for the 2009-10 school year: Mims, Port Malabar and Sunrise. In addition, Andersen, Sherwood and Oak Park will no longer qualify for Title I after this year even if the cut-off is not changed, due to their having a current poverty level of less than 40%.



Recommendation
Approve the proposal to change the cut-off for Title I school eligibility.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 11/20/2007
Consent after Information12/11/2007

Authority for Action
PL107-110

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood Education and Title I Programs