Parents’ Guide to Title I Programs in Butler County Schools
Title I is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at risk students. BCS Title I schools offer school wide programs available to all students which provides extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.
What is the purpose of Title I funding?
According to the US Department of Education, the purpose of Title I funding “is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”
What do Title I programs offer?
Supports offered through Title I include:
supplemental instructional technology and software
extra time for teaching students the skills they need
a variety of teaching methods to reach academic goals
additional staff to lower the student to teacher ratio
additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction
instructional goals targeted to your student’s needs
opportunities for professional development for school staff
You can influence the success of your child by becoming an active participant in your child’s school.
Communicate: Stay informed and respond in a timely fashion to communications from your child’s teacher and school and from Butler County Schools.
Be an example: Demonstrate the importance of education by reading, attending school events (like parent-teacher conferences and open houses), and chatting with your child about school.
Volunteer: Volunteer at your child’s school. Consider helping with extracurricular activities and field trips. Participate in and support parent involvement at school.
Provide Support: Help your child with class work, homework, and future education plans.
Get involved: Join parent committees (like your school’s PTO) and district and school planning teams.
Collaborate with the community: Participate in parent activities with other families. Tap into local community resources (e.g., libraries, universities, community centers) to increase awareness of services and opportunities available to your child.
Celebrate your student’s progress: Acknowledge your child’s progress when new skills are learned and goals are met.
Teacher Qualifications: The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools that receive Title 1 money to notify parents that they can ask for and receive specific information about a teacher's qualifications. As a parent of Butler County Schools, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:
If the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects in which the teacher is providing instruction;
If the teacher is teaching under an emergency status for which state licensing requirements have been waived;
The type of college degree major the teacher has and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate; and
If your child is receiving Title I services from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.
If you would like any of this information concerning your child's teacher, please contact the principal.
Assessment: Parents of students in Title I schools have the right to request information about any State or local education policy regarding student participation in Federal, State, or locally required assessments, including information about policy, procedure, or parental rights to opt children out of assessments, where applicable. For information, visit the Kentucky State Assessment Requirements page on the Kentucky Department of Education website, or ask your school principal.
School and Home Compact
The BCS School and Home Compact is an agreement between home and school regarding the commitments to successful learning. This is necessary to fulfill our educational purpose and mission to provide each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an independent learner, a contributing member of the community, and a responsible citizen. Sharing responsibilities and becoming a Home-School Team can make a winning difference in student success.
The BCS Title I Schools have a common School and Home Compact which highlights shared responsibilities among students, home, and school, to enhance academic achievement.
Please share your thoughts, suggestions, questions, and/or ideas regarding this compact. It is hoped that this compact will be helpful for discussions between teachers and parents/guardians about how better student performance can be encouraged and achieved.
BCS students will:
Do their best in class and complete all work on time.
Respect themselves, their teachers, and others, and be a cooperative learners.
Make sure that they clearly understand teacher directions and assignments.
Keep parents and guardians informed about their progress in school.
Be responsible for bringing all school communications home and back to school as needed.
BCS parents/guardians will:
Send their children to school prepared to learn.
Attend parent/teacher conferences in order to discuss the academic progress of their children and visit the school or call in order to keep lines of communication open.
Follow the “chain of command” in expressing concerns (begin with the teacher)
Provide a regular place, time, and support for their children in order for them to complete their homework responsibilities
Help support the school in various ways.
BCS staff will:
Convene an annual meeting to inform parents/guardians of the school’s participation under Title 1.
Provide interactions with students that enhance the learning environment.
Demonstrate knowledge of content and methods of teaching.
Monitor and evaluate student progress/achievement and communicate that information with families on an ongoing basis.
Exhibit creativity and vision toward the pursuit of goals for school improvement.
Demonstrate continued professional development and commitment.
Provide opportunities for parents/guardians to meet periodically with school staff to promote positive communication between school and community.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about Title I services and parent involvement at Butler County Schools. The information you provide will be used to inform our school's Continuous Improvement Plan and Title I grant investments.
Title I Stakeholder Survey
If you have any questions about this page, please contact Butler County Schools' Title I Coordinator Chad Flener at the Butler County Board of Education by calling 270-526-5624 or emailing email@example.com