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Title I

Title I is a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Part A of Title I provides supplemental funding that may be used to provide additional instructional staff, professional development, parental involvement, extended-time programs, and other support to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. For 2011–12, San Diego Unified is projected to receive about $43.5 million. This information will be updated with 2012-13 data as it becomes available from the California Department of Education (CDE).

Required Reservations (Set Asides)

Districts are required to set aside certain amounts of Title I dollars for specific purposes, some related to having schools in Program Improvement (PI) or because the district is in Program Improvement. San Diego Unified’s anticipated required reservations for 2011-12 include:

Required Reservations


Portion of Title I Funds

Approximate Amount

PI Choice Transportation and Supplementary Educational Services (free tutoring)




Professional Development




Parent Involvement




Support for Homeless and Foster Youth


Not specified*


NCLB Private School Services




Total Required Reservations


* Some required reservations do not have percentages specified; the law requires funding to provide support at a level that students in district-managed schools receive.

Non-Required Reservations

Districts can also use Title I dollars for other programs or services that support the goal of improving student achievement at high-poverty schools. For 2011–12, the district anticipates the following non-required reservations:

Non-Required Reservations

Approximate Amount

Basic Allocation to Schools (a per student allocation)


Supplemental Support for Program Improvement Year 4 & 5 Schools


Indirect Costs (normal business expenses to operate the Title I program)


Parent Involvement and Education


Support for At-risk Students


Support to Schools for Meeting Compliance Mandates


Administration of PI Choice and Supplemental Educational Services


Support for PI Restructuring Schools and Program Evaluation


Support for Assessments and Data Analysis/Reporting


Support for Beginning Teachers


Total Non-Required Reservations