About Title Programs & Federal Aid


    Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools. Title I provides money to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in the district. Each school district uses Title I funds to pay for extra educational services for children. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

    Part A embraces fundamental strategies to address the needs of the children served: A school wide focus on improving teaching and learning, flexibility at the local level in tandem with clear accountability for results, more focused targeting of resources on schools with the greatest needs, and stronger partnerships between schools and communities to support the achievement of children served.


    The reauthorized Title II Program under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 combines the former Eisenhower Professional Development Program with the Class Size Reduction Program to provide the largest federal program that supports professional development activities to improve teaching and learning. The purpose of the program is to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. 

    Funds will be shared equitably with private schools in the district that wish to participate.


    Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students: 

    The purpose of the Title III LEP Student Program is to ensure that all limited-English proficient (LEP) students, referred to as English learners in Athens City Schools attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards as all other students. 

    To support this goal, the United States Department of Education allocates Title III funds to state educational agencies, such as the Alabama Department of Education, to provide subgrants to eligible local educational agencies based on the number of LEP students enrolled.

    All school districts, enrollment of one or more LEP students on the  are eligible to participate in the Title III LEP Program. 

    Funds must be used for the following supplementary services as part of the language instruction program for LEP students:

    • English language development instruction 
    • Enhanced instruction in the core academic subjects 
    • High-quality professional development for teachers and other staff. 

    In addition, Title III LEP student program funds may be used for: 

    • Upgrading program objectives and instructional strategies 
    • Identifying and improving curricula, materials, and assessments
    • Providing tutorials for academic and/or vocational education Intensifying instruction 
    • Acquiring or developing of educational technology 
    • Coordinating language instruction programs with other programs and services 
    • Providing community participation programs, including family literacy and parent outreach 
    • Program administration, including any indirect costs (limited to 2 percent of subgrant) 
    • Other activities that are consistent with the purposes of the program