Federal Programs

Federal Programs Staff
Cheryl Taylor College & Career Readiness Director (970) 254-5334
Amelia Franz Federal Programs Specialist (970) 254-5309
Diane Raine Grant Accountant (970) 254- 5135

MCVSD 51 offers a variety of student programs that are required by federal law, including the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).

ESEA is the primary federal law affecting K-12 education. ESEA's main goal is to help all students reach proficiency in English language arts/reading and mathematics. ESEA is built on four pillars:

  1. Expanded local control and flexibility
  2. Doing what works based on scientific research
  3. Accountability for results
  4. More options for parents

The majority of federal programs target specific populations of students, including low income families, homeless students and students with special needs who do not qualify for services under Special Education.

Title I

Title I A - Improving the Academic Achievement of Students

Title I, Part A is the largest federal program supporting public education. Funding is allocated based on poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts.  The central objective of Title I, Part A is to ensure that all children reach challenging academic content standards, specifically in reading and math. The program provides supplemental resources to schools and students who have furthest to go in achieving these standards. These resources include additional teachers funded through Title I.

Title I has requirements regulating how money is dispersed and used by schools.  Requirements include use of federal funds for increasing parent involvement in their child?s education, providing for educational needs of students considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, and providing supplemental education services (tutoring) and school of choice options for students in schools not meeting standards.  Title I also requires schools to have highly qualified teachers.

Title II

Title II, Part A is intended to increase student academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This includes increasing the number of Highly Qualified teachers in classrooms, improving the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools, and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals.

Title II activities:
  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers and Principals
  • Programs and activities designed to improve the quality of the teaching force
  • Teacher advancement initiatives that emphasize multiple career paths and pay differentiation.
  • Professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers, principals and superintendents.

Title III

Title III is a supplemental grant under the ESEA that is designed to improve and enhance the education of English learners (ELs) in becoming proficient in English, as well as meeting the Colorado Academic Content standards. The Title III Immigrant Set-Aside grant resides within this program and provides opportunities for LEAs to enhance the instructional opportunities for immigrant students and their families.

Title IV

Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.