George Watts Title I

  • Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.  The ESEA was the first major federal school aid initiative and a key component of President Johnson's War on Poverty.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 2015, and reauthorizes ESEA.

    Title I was implemented to provide support to disadvantaged children who are failing or at most risk of failing to meet grade-level academic standards.  Title I funding is provided to support school reform efforts to improve academic achievement for students.  

    Thirty-four schools in Durham Public Schools receive Title I funds to improve the academic achievement of all students.  Our Title I schools maintain a schoolwide status which allows all students in the school to benefit from additional support and services provided with Title I funds.

    Family/Parent Engagement is a key part of Title I and the success of all schools.  The DPS Title I program plays a major role in increasing family/parent engagement and support in schools.