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State & Federal Title Funding and Grants

The State and Federal Program oversees funding and grants such as Title funds, which are federal monies that supplement, not replace, existing state funding for education. Title funds were established by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and amended in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. These funds are released yearly from the federal government and the district works together to allocate a percentage to district priorities and to individual schools, as reflected in their school’s site plan, called the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).


Click below to learn more about funding and grants:

Title I - Improving Academic Achievement/Basic Programs

This funding assists schools in meeting the educational goals of low-income students, such as providing supplemental instruction in reading and math.  Students that might be served by Title I funds include migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, unhoused students, at-risk students and students in need of academic intervention. Students can be classified as at-risk for numerous reasons, including low academic performance, being held back a grade for one or more years, or if they are experiencing homelessness.

Title I, Part A is an annual federal grant providing funding to eligible schools, under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to support effective, evidence-based strategies that close the achievement gap and enable students to meet the state's challenging academic standards.  Schools are identified based on their school-wide performance as reported on the California School Dashboard and in relation to things like high school graduation rates.

Schools with one or more student groups that, on its own, meet the same CSI criteria listed above for the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools; identification occurs once every three years.

Title II - Supporting Effective Instruction by Improving Teacher and Principal Quality

Title II funds are intended to increase student success by providing educators with evidence-based professional development activities that are sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and classroom-focused. These funds are used to recruit and retain teachers and administrators and to provide continuous, ongoing training that helps educators understand academic subjects and learn strategies to help students meet high academic standards.

Title III - English Learners and Immigrant Student Education

Title III funding is used to provide supplementary programs and services specifically to English learner students and immigrant students to assist in attaining English proficiency and achieving grade-level and graduation standards.

Title IV - Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Title IV funding emphasizes three focus areas: “ (1) support a well-rounded education by incorporating advanced classes, fine arts, foreign languages, STEAM, and other innovative programming, (2) create safe and healthy schools through the utilization of social-emotional learning and healthy lifestyle habits, and (3) effectively utilize technology through properly preparing staff as well as provide high-quality digital learning experiences for underserved students”. The effectiveness of these practices are evaluated through Panorama, a research-based student perception survey.

Title VI - American Indian Education 

This program is designed to address the unique cultural, language, and educationally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, including preschool children. The programs funded are to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of Indian students and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standard.

Title VII-B - Homeless Education / McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act authorizes the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and is the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.  This funding addresses educational barriers and challenges that children and youth experiencing homelessness face when it relates to their right to enroll in and attend school and provides support needed for school success. 

Santa Rosa City Schools' Homeless Education Program is overseen by the Wellness & Engagement department.  For more information, visit their webpage.


For more information on State and Federal Programs, contact: 

Dr. Patricia Law
707-890-3800 x80420 

Dr. Patricia Law is a 30-year experienced educator from Sonoma County who has served as an English teacher, Principal, and Regional Director with the Sonoma County Office of Education.  Now with Santa Rosa City Schools overseeing state and federal funds in collaboration with staff and families, Dr. Law enjoys mentoring others, grant writing, and seeking collaborative opportunities that empower others.

Senior Secretary
Lola Ruzzo
707-890-3800 x80424