Title I Overview

  • Title I is a federal program “to ensure economically disadvantaged children receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, by helping to close academic achievement gaps.” It began with the passage of the  Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and has been reauthorized by Congress 8 times since. Most recently, in 2015 under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Title I funding is directed at low-income students who are disadvantaged in public schools because they may not have had all the educational benefits enjoyed by children from higher-income families. 

    The federal government divides low-income children into two groups: free lunch and reduced lunch. If a family is living at 130% above the federal poverty line or below, the children in that family are eligible for lunch at no cost. If a family is living at up to 185% above the poverty line, the children in that family are eligible for lunch at a reduced cost.

    In 2010, an eligibility option through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) was added. Under CEP, if 40% of a district’s students are “directly identified” as eligible for free lunch (a stricter way of certifying a family’s poverty status), all students in that district, regardless of family’s income, are eligible for free lunch.

    Under the CEP, all students at Godby can eat breakfast and lunch for free.

Last Modified on January 22, 2024