The Paris ISD State and Federal Programs Department coordinates a variety of grant programs to support and enhance student learning and achievement. These funds are supplemental to local funds. The department is responsible for grant applications, budget preparation, and administration/oversight of four federal grants and two state grants. The department further ensures that all federal/state laws and guidelines are followed and all program evaluations are compiled and submitted. An additional state-required programs which also falls under the direction of the State and Federal Programs Department is the Bilingual/ESL program.
Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs
Title I, Part A provides supplemental funding to districts for resources to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide a high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the state’s student performance standards. Title I, Part A supports schools in implementing either a school wide or a targeted assistance program.
Title I, Part A funds for homeless students, under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) regulations, must be reserved to serve students identified as homeless. Funds must also be reserved for parental involvement activities.
Paris ISD campuses participating in a Title I, Part A School Wide Program are T.G. Givens Early Childhood Center, Aikin Elementary, Justiss Elementary, Crockett Intermediate School, and Paris Junior High.
Title I, Part C: Migrant Education
The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle in order to succeed in school and to successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment. Paris ISD is a member of the Region 8 Title 1, Part C cooperative and receives services and flow-through funds from Region 8.
Paris ISD schools with identified migrant students participate in the program.
Title II, Part A: Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
Title II, Part A funds provide supplemental funding to improve student achievement by elevating teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring, and retention strategies to improve teacher and principal quality and to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom as well as highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. The program uses scientifically based professional development interventions and holds districts and schools accountable for improvements in student academic performance.
All Paris ISD campuses participate in the Title II, Part A Program.
Title III, Part A provides supplemental resources to districts to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency at high levels in core academic subjects to meet state mandated achievement performance standards.
All Paris ISD campuses participate in the Title III, Part A Program.
State Compensatory Education (SCE)
State Compensatory Education (SCE) is defined in law as programs and/or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to increase the academic achievement and reduce the drop out rate of these students. The SCE program provides a challenging and meaningful instructional program to close the achievement gap between students at risk of dropping out of school and their peers.
Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL)
Bilingual/ESL education seeks to enable Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to become proficient in the comphrehension, speaking, reading and composition of English through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and in English. A LEP student is defined as one whose primary language is other than English and whose English language proficiency limits the student's participation in an English-language academic environment. Texas Education Code, Chapter 29 requires all school districts with an enrollment of 20 LEP students in the same grade level to offer a bilingual/ESL or an alternative language program.