Welcome to the Moss Point School District Federal Programs Department!
This department coordinates several federal grants in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Education. We are also a contributing district to area private schools. We receive funding from Titles I, II, and IV. Title I and Title II are designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and amplify efforts to improve teaching and learning for students farthest from meeting State standards. Individual public schools with poverty rates above 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a “schoolwide program” to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school. Title II funds provide professional development and educational assistance to provide students with instruction from highly effective teacher assistants, teachers and principals.
Title I, Part A-Basic funds:
(Moss Point School District receives this grant for K-12th grade students.)
This program provides financial assistance through State educational agencies to local educational agencies 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. Title I funds generally offer:
- smaller classes or special instructional spaces
- additional teachers and aides
- opportunities for professional development for school staff
- extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
- a variety of supplementary teaching methods
- an individualized program for students
- additional teaching materials which supplement their regular instruction
Title II, Part A – Highly Qualified Teachers and Principals
(Moss Point receives this grant for the entire district.) The purpose of Title II, Part A is to help:
- To increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality;
- To increase the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms;
- To improve the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools;
- To increase the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement; and
- To combine the former Eisenhower Professional Development Program and the former Class-Size Reduction Initiative into one funding program.
Title III, Part A – Limited English/ English Language Learners
The Moss Point School District seeks to ensure that limited English proficient (LE) children, including immigrant children and youth, master English and meet the same rigorous standards for academic achievement as all children are expected to meet, including meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards by developing high-quality language instruction educational programs. Supplemental English Language services are available to LE students. Moss Point School District sets aside funds from Title I Part A to service the EL students. Please contact your child’s school for additional information.
The LE/ELL District Plan complies with the Mississippi Department of Education’s Guidelines in providing services to Limited English Proficient students and provides equal access to a quality education. The district’s instructional program is designed to meet the Mississippi Department of Education’s academic standards to provide students with the greatest possible access to core curriculum and afford students access to appropriate English language instruction that will ensure progress from limited English proficiency to fluent English proficiency.
The purpose of the District Plan for English Language Learners is to:
▪▪▪ensure the delivery of quality instructional programs for all English language learners;
▪▪▪identify the program options and instructional programs, which guarantee quality programs that meet the academic and linguistic needs of English learners; and
▪▪▪provide English language learners with the educational opportunities, which will enable them to succeed.
The purpose of the District English Language Learner Program is to ensure that:
▪▪▪ELL students are successful in English academic programs; and
▪▪▪ELL students are proficient according to the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2 as appropriate for age, ability, and experience.
English Learner Administrator and Teacher Guide
Title IV, Part A
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program under Title IV. Title IV, Part A authorizes activities in three broad areas: 1) Providing students with a well-rounded education (e.g. STEM, arts, civics, IB/AP, health and physical education). 2) Supporting safe and healthy students (e.g. school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma informed practices, health and physical education). 3) Supporting the effective use of technology (e.g. professional development, blended learning, technology devices).
Rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. They include waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks. Moss Point School District sets aside funds from Title I Part A to service the homeless students.
The Act also states:
- Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing.
- Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll and at least two times per year.
- Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records.
- Homeless students have a right to transportation to school.
- Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment.
- Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled.
- Students are automatically eligible for Title I services.
- School districts must reserve a portion of Title IA funds to serve homeless students.
- School districts must review and revise policies that provide barriers to homeless students.
- Schools must post information in the community regarding the rights of homeless students, in schools and other places that homeless families may frequent.
- School districts must identify a McKinney-Vento Liaison to assist students.
Moss Point School District Federal Programs Parents' Right to Know Letter
In accordance with Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Section 1111(h)(6)), this is a notification to every parent of a student attending a Title I school in the Moss Point School District has the right to request and receive information in a timely manner regarding the professional qualifications of his/her child’s classroom teacher(s) and, if appropriate, paraprofessional staff. If requested, the information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s) shall include the following:
∙ whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
∙ whether the teacher is teaching under a provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
∙ the baccalaureate degree and/or any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the degree; and
∙ whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
If at any time your child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified, you will receive timely notification by the school of this information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school principal.
Federal Programs Staff
Dr. Coletha Colley
MPEUE & KPE