Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP)

Committee of Practitioners

Meeting Summary


Members Present: Carolyn Cherry, Juan Coleman, Ralph Crowder, Cameo DeDominces, Patricia Driscoll, Russ Gregg, Lisa Grundstrom, Cindy Walker Lewis, Brad Johnson, Tim Lutz, Michelle Martig, Lynn Moore, Peter Noll, Makeda Norris, Alanna Oswald, Jessica Smith, Anne Stauffacher and Doug Steele

Members Absent: Mary Funk, Trina Liapis, Valerie McLendon, Jean, Menard, Matt Mohs and Wanda Sommers Wall

Staff Present: Debra Landvik, John Moorse, Roberto Reyes, Shirley Sanders, Leigh Schleicher, Sarah K. Smith, and Noemi Trevino

Presenters: Debra Landvik, John Moorse, Roberto Reyes and Noemi Trevino

1. John Moorse welcomed the committee members.
2. Debra Landvik reviewed the norms, law and duties of the COP.
a. It was emphasized that participant’s questions be placed on the “Parking Lot.”
3. Noemi Trevino provided information about Title I Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance School Programs.
a. A school is eligible to become a Title I Schoolwide Program if it has a poverty level of at least 40% and it is receiving Title I funds.
b. A Title I Targeted Assistance school serves only identified Title I students and is an eligible Title I school attendance area
c. Schoolwide Programs are subject to the following:
i. AYP/Accountability
ii. School Improvement
iii. Parent Involvement
iv. Teacher and Paraprofessional Requirements
v. District Parent Involvement Plan
vi. School Parent Involvement Plan
vii. Parent-School Compacts
4. John Moorse provided information regarding Federal Education Funds Flexibility and Fidelity with a brief history of the law.
a. 2012 – 2013 issues which included a brief overview/description of:
i. Federal award cycle and timelines
ii. State fiscal July 1- June 30
iii. Remaining ¾ of award in October
b. Sequestration:
i. Title I – 15% Limitation-Request a waiver once every three years
ii. Title II and Title II – up to 100% carryover
c. ESEA Re-authorization
i. Continuation of federal programs
ii. Supplement, not Supplant continues to be a big issue
5. Roberto Reyes offered a review of Homelessness for Minnesota as well as navigating the state web page to get information.
a. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires schools to:
i. Support students who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence
ii. Remove barriers to enrollment, attendance, success
iii. Use a check list at the time of enrollment to determine eligibility
6. Debra Landvik reviewed Parent Involvement Title I requirements:
a. Parent participation in developing the Title I plan and the district/school Parent Involvement Plan
b. Developing and evaluating parent involvement activities
c. Parents’ Right to Know: student being taught by “Highly Qualified” staff
d. Students can decline to receive military recruiting information and/or college enrollment information
e. District complaint procedures
f. Annual conference for elementary school Title I students/parents
g. Staff development, opportunities for training parents