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Teacher Quality in High-Poverty Schools 5
Purpose of the Program
Schools and school districts with high percentages of low-income students receive Federal assistance through Title I, Part A, formula grant funds. The funds are used to improve student performance so that students will meet State academic standards. The program includes several provisions designed to improve the quality of teachers in every school that receives Title I funds. For example school districts must spend at least five percent of their Title I, Part A funds to ensure that teachers become highly qualified no later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year. Title I schools identified as needing improvement must spend at least 10 percent of their Title I funds for high-quality professional development.
New Program Improvements and Resources
The No Child Left Behind Act that President Bush signed reauthorizes the Title I program, which will help to improve children's education by holding schools accountable for improving achievement of disadvantaged students, while a portion of these funds be focused on the improvement of teacher quality.
Last year, President Bush signed legislation that increased funding to $10.35 billion in FY-02, an increase of more than 18 percent from FY-01 levels. This year, President Bush has proposed further increasing the program by $1 billion dollars.
Highlights for States:
Highlights for Schools and School Districts: