Title I- Part A Improving Basic Programs
Title I is a federally funded program that provides funding for schools and school districts to assist with helping students meet the state standards, professional development to teachers to help students attain state standards, and numerous other activities that relate to student achievement.
Funds are also required to be set aside for Parental Involvement activities, after school tutoring, summer school, and intervention classes. Funds are allocated to each eligible school site on a per pupil basis using the free and reduced lunch count at each site. All five public schools and the two private schools in Zuni receive Title I funds. All four public schools and the two private schools in Zuni receive Title I funds.
A total allocation of $1,099,743.12 was received by ZPSD, and each site allocation ranged from $59,740.00 to $354,000.00 for the 2020-2021 school year. Please ask for a copy of your child's school site Title I plan for specific information on how these funds are being spent at your child's school.
Title II- Part A Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund
Title II is a federally funded program that provides funding to school districts and schools to assist with teacher and assistants becoming highly qualified in the content area that they teach in. This fund also provides money for staff travel and training that is tied to the school site or district level Educational Plan for Student Success (EPSS) and for recruiting and retaining staff. ZPSD received an allocation of $107,188.65 for 2020-2021.
All schools are eligible to receive funding through this grant; however, for the 2020-2021 school year, the majority of the funds are used for district wide Professional Development and training. Funds have been allocated to the private schools in Zuni (ZCMS & SAS) and each school has a budget for their plan, if anyone would like to view it.
Title III- English Language Acquisition
This program is to provide language development services to English Language Learners (ELL) students at the rate of approximately $80 per eligible child. These children are identified by the ACCESS test that is administered each year to students who either have not passed the test in previous years or to students who are new to the district. The ACCESS test is a state-wide assessment used to determine the proficiency level of the students.
Funds are allocated to the school sites on a per pupil basis. These funds are used to purchase programs for the ELL students, instructional supplies and materials, literature, and technology. A portion of the Title III funds are used for professional development and for staff who travel to training sessions that are out of the district. This year Title III money was used to purchase materials for our programs to continue to teach ELL students the use of the English language. This is to increase vocabulary, pronunciation, and usage of the English language.
State Bilingual Program
The funds generated through the State Bilingual Program are based on a formula dependent on the number of students in a 1 hour, 2 hour, or 3 hour program multiplied by a unit value as well as the T & E index. Funds from the program are used to pay staff salaries and fringe benefits. It is a goal of the district to offer Zuni Language classes at all school sites in all grade levels. A Zuni Language proficiency test, the Shiwi'ma Bene:we Andehhalnanne (SBA), is administered to all students receiving Zuni Language instruction at the beginning of the year as a pre-test and then at the end of each school year as a post-test.
Title VII- Indian Education Program (will change to Title VI)
Title VII is designed to meet the unique educational needs and culturally related academic needs of the American Indian and Alaskan Native in grades K-12 so they can achieve at the same challenging state standards as all students. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of Native American students successfully completing high school and pursuing high education. The focus is on:
- academic performance
- ACT or SAT preparation and testing
- career and/or college guidance including participation in enrichment and volunteer opportunities
Eligible students are those enrolled in a publicly funded school and must be enrolled or recognized by an Indian tribe, group, or band as defined by the Secretary of the Interior. This is done by completion of the 506 form (Title VII Student Eligibility Certification). Once the parent completes the form and submits it to the district, it is not necessary to complete another one as long as the student is enrolled in one of the schools in the district. The district will receive funds for 2020-2021 in the amount of $238,723.00.
These funds are used to:
- increase parental involvement in the child's education
- provide opportunities for parental trainings
- increase knowledge of parenting skills
- direct involvement in planning program goals and activities
- increase knowledge of district policies and procedures
- provide networking with local organizations serving American Indian students and their families
- provide input for the annual grant proposal to the Office of Indian Education during monthly parent meetings
- provide approval of the grant proposal
Title VIII- Impact Aid- Indian Set Aside
Title VIII is a federally funded program that provides funds to districts in lieu of tax monies that cannot otherwise be generated by the local population due to students residing on federal land or whose parents work on military property.
Zuni Public School District receives approximately $1,309,582.00 for school year 2020-2021. One of the requirements of this program is that Indian Policies and Procedures are formulated to ensure equal access for American Indian students to all programs and services provided by the district. These policies must be implemented and reviewed annually, with input from parents and Tribal Officials. The majority of this budget pays for salaries of employees in the district such as Educational Assistants, bookkeepers, secretarial assistants, district-wide technology staff, and the associated fringe benefits for these positions.