Federal Programs

Dr. Amy Pruitt Director of Federal Programs 706-212-4350 x5236
Roberto Aguilar Migrant SSP 706-212-4350 x5246



Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This Act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards.

LEAs target the Title I, Part A funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families and this information is drawn from annual free and reduced lunch applications. These funds may be used for children from preschool aged to high school. Title I, Part A is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I, Part A programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement.

Title I, Part A parent and family engagement regulations are met with meaningful and strategic actions to build parent and school staff capacity as mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Rabun County has strategies are in place to: 1) build capacity to engage parents/stakeholders in an effective partnership with the school; and 2) share and support high student academic achievement.

For more information about our Family and Parent Engagement Program please visit our website.

Title I, Part C

The purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to provide supplemental educational services to eligible migrant children (age three to their 22nd birthday) who have not attained either a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Our Migrant Staff includes, Roberto Aguilar- Migrant Supplemental Service Provider (SSP), who recruits and provides in-school tutoring to students and works with migrant preschool students at their homes. Michelle Black, certified teacher (summers only), who works with migrant preschool students at their homes

Title II, Part A

The Title II Part A funds are used to increase academic achievement by providing supplemental funds to implement strategies to improve the quality of instruction and leadership, and reduce class-size. In Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) works in partnership with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to administer the Title II, Part A Program that is awarded to local school districts.

Title III, Part A and English Speakers of Other Languages

Title III is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It awards eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to provide language instruction educational programs to English Learners (ELs). School districts with large English Learner populations receive direct Title III allocations, while school districts with lower incidence populations are grouped into the “Georgia Title III Consortium”. Rabun County receives direct Title IIi allocations. Upon attainment of English language proficiency, as measured by the "ACCESS for ELLs 2.0" assessment, EL students exit from language support services.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia Performance Standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency. Instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the needs of Georgia’s ELs are accommodated. To the extent practicable, it is appropriate to use the EL’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing parents with school-related information.

Title IV, Part A

Authorized in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) introduced a new block formula grant under Title IV, Part A with a wide range of allowable uses. Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants are intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, LEAs, schools, and local communities to:

  1. provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,
  2. improve school conditions for student learning, and
  3. improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESEA section 41​01).


Title IX, Part A-McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

More Information

Georgia Department of Education Federal Programs

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

If you would like more information or to give input into our programs please contact Dr. Amy Pruitt, Federal Programs Director at apruitt@rabuncountyschools.org or at 706-212-4350.