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Federal Programs Administration

The Hancock County School District manages several federal grants funded by the federal government that are provided to local educational agencies for the purpose of addressing students with high priority learning needs. Some of the needs include high poverty rates, homelessness, language barriers, limited opportunities for educational services as well as other educational inequities. The Hancock County School District’s Office of federal programs manages and administers the following federal programs:

Title I, Part A – As outlined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the purpose of Title I is to support supplemental services for students in high-poverty schools.  Through Title I, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families receive financial assistance to ensure all children have significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards.

Title II, Part A – Title II as outlined by ESEA of 1965 and as amended by ESSA of 2015 supports training and recruiting high quality teachers and principals.  Through Title II, LEAs improve teacher and principal quality to ensure educator effectiveness to support increased student achievement.

Title IV, Part A – The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet educational standards in high need schools by increasing the capacity of local educational agencies (LEAs). Title IV as outlined by ESEA of 1965 and as amended by ESSA of 2015 helps schools and local communities:  1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) support the effective use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.   

Title V, Part B –    The Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) grant program provides rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement.  It is designed to address the unique needs of small, rural local education agencies (LEAs) that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants. Funds may be used to supplement any other Federal, State or local educational funds.