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Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-842-3633
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Contact: Terri Dahl
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Program Description
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

In this section:
Title I-A Schools
What Is Title I-A?
What is a Schoolwide Program?
What is a Targeted Assisted Program?
How Can Parents Participate?
Parent Involvement Activities


Medford School District 549C - Title I-A Schools

Schoolwide Programs
Howard Amanda Zielony-Smith
Jackson Jeff Kinsella
Jefferson Bridget McMillen
Oak Grove Cheryl Lemke
Roosevelt Cali Wright
Washington Kellie McCollum
Wilson Barbara Low

Targeted Assisted Programs
Kennedy Rachel Frison
Central High Heather Taylor
VIBES Charter Mary Jo Anderson
Sacred Heart Mary Jo Anderson
Grace Christian Sandy Stack
Rogue Valley Adventist Ann Campbell

What Is Title I-A?
In October of 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Improving America's Schools Act, which emphasizes high academic standards for all children. Under this legislation, congress authorized federal funding for Title I-A schools. Title I will focus its efforts on helping these students meet the same high standards expected of all children. This will be accomplished through enrichment and acceleration, not remediation.

Federal law requires all school districts receiving Title I funding to establish a procedure for complaints regarding Title I-A service. A copy of the Medford School Board Policy I.GBC-AR (Title I Complaint Procedures English Spanish)  available in all school offices, on the district website and in all Title I-A rooms

What Is a Schoolwide Program?
In February of 1996, a Medford School District Title I-A advisory committee made up of parents, teachers, and community members voted in favor of concentrating the Medford School District’s Title I funding on schools with 75% or greater poverty. These schools qualify as Schoolwide Programs and can use their Title I funds to upgrade and reform the instructional program for all students in the school. We are no longer limited to serving a few targeted students. Sacred Heart is a targeted assisted program.

Each of the seven Schoolwide Programs has its own decision-making process. Parents, community members, teachers, and other staff decide what steps are necessary to help all students meet high state standards. There is a great deal of local decision-making and flexibility in the Schoolwide Programs. Parents can request information regarding the highly qualified status of their child’s teacher.

What Is A Targeted Assisted Program?
One of the primary differences between schoolwide program schools and targeted assistance schools is the requirement that the latter may use Title I, Part A funds only for programs that provide services to eligible children identified as having the greatest need for special assistance. Targeted assistance schools, therefore, may not provide services to all children in the school or in particular grades.

How Can Parents Participate?
Parents are a necessary part of Title I. Each Title I school has a Parent Involvement Policy to ensure that activities are planned to include parents. Schools also have School/Parent Compacts that spell out the goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities of schools and parents in students’ success. We invite you to contact your school’s Title I-A staff or the district Title I-A coordinator if you would like to serve on a committee or if you have questions or suggestions regarding Title I-A service.

The Medford School District Title I-A program, aligned to local, state, and national education goals, can be a powerful force ensuring that all children, whatever their circumstance, are able to acquire the knowledge and critical skills necessary to learn and succeed in the 21st century.

Parent Involvement Activties
[1]  U.S Department of Education, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (Title I, Part A), (Aug 31, 2011).

549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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