For more than a decade the threshold for a school qualifying for Title I funds was that at least 35 percent of students received free or reduced lunch, and only in elementary schools. Since that time the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch has increased to an average of 36 percent districtwide.
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the F&R allocation threshold will change to 45 percent or greater. WCPSS officials gave the Board of Education an overview of the pending changes during the board’s Student Achievement Committee Meeting on March 9.
The new allocation plan also will result in some schools no longer being eligible to receive funding. Eight schools currently receiving Title I funding will not be eligible for them in 2015-16 since these schools were grandfathered for the 2014-15 school year. Eligibility decisions will be based upon March data.
A PowerPoint presentation outlining the changes can be found here.