Title IIA falls under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which re-authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).
The purpose of the Title II, Part A grant is:
- to increase student achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards,
- to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders,
- to increase the number of teachers, principals and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools, and
- to provide low-income and monitory student greater access to effective of teachers, principals and other school leaders.
Federal guidelines and restrictions require that Title IIA funds may only be spent for qualifying reasons according to the purpose of the grant. Dalton Public Schools received $188,101 in FY17 and will receive $176,320 in FY18.
All 8,000 students enrolled in Dalton Public Schools receive benefit through Title IIA dollars because these funds support recruitment and professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators.
The funding priorities for FY18 are professional development for teachers and district staff, retention of highly qualified teachers, support for teachers to add certification endorsement fields in ELL and Gifted through coursework, assistance to paraprofessionals to meet professional learning requirements, and support for teachers to add certification fields in areas of interest to increase staffing flexibility.
See the district's Equity Action Implementation Priorities here.
For more information about Title II, Part A, you may review program information on the Georgia Department of Education Title II, Part A resource page.
Title IIA Coordinator
Third Floor, City Hall
300 W. Waugh St.
Dalton, GA 30722-1408