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The Federal Programs Department is responsible for the administration of various federal and state funded programs. The funding, in most cases, is provided to the Local Educational Agency (LEA) to supplement those activities and programs already in place within the Huntsville City Schools System.
Ms. Towana Riggins Smith
Federal Programs Coordinator
Location: Mastin Lake Facility
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools.
Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies. See Title I Schools below for more information.
Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders
Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
For more information view the ESOL information below.
(Programs based on the submission of yearly application for funds)
Student Support and Academic EnrichmentTitle IV, Part B
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education
Education for the Homeless and Other Laws
Children in Foster Care
To learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), including a complete description of all Title programs and special grants, visit the US Department of Education website.
At the beginning of every school year, Title I school districts must tell parents they have a right to request information about the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers. For more information, view the Title I Schools section below which includes the Local Education Association (LEA) Title I Parent & Family Engagement Plan document.
Alabama State Department of Education - Instructional Services - Federal Programs Section
This document sets forth the process for resolving complaints presented by individuals or organizations to the Alabama State Department of Education (SDE). Such complaints may include information on how a school district, the SDE, or other entity has violated a federal law, rule, or regulation applicable to any “covered federal programs."
Note: Before submitting a complaint about a school or school district, the SDE requires that all complainants first complete the grievance procedures established by the Local Education Agency (LEA), if applicable. This may involve contacting the local school district, expressing concerns to the appropriate board employee, and receiving information on how to proceed.
Exception: As stated in NCLB Section 1120(b)(5) related to Private Schools and timely, meaningful consultations with LEAs, non-public school officials may apply for complaint relief directly to the SDE. This citation continues with the procedure, "Upon receipt of the formal written complaint, the SDE will notify the LEA of the complaint and request appropriate documentation."
The procedures for resolving written complaints satisfy 20 USC 7844(3)(C) and 20 USC 7883 (Section 9503)(a-b), and offer parents and other stakeholders concerned with the appropriate delivery of services to children a simple, straightforward method for considering their claims of inappropriate action.
For more information, visit the Alabama State Department of Education website.
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, is the largest federal contribution to K-12 education. It consists of several funding streams for school districts and schools to supplement local educational programs and to help ensure that economically disadvantaged students are given the same opportunity to achieve state-defined academic standards as their peers.
In exchange for financial support, schools, districts, and states are held accountable for raising academic performance of all students, narrowing the achievement gap between underachieving groups and their more advantaged peers, and enabling those most at risk to reach state academic standards.
The goal of Title I is a high-quality education for every child, so the program provides extra help to students who need it most. These are children who are the furthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children. Title I resources are directed to schools with high percentages of at-risk students.
The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title I. To get the funds, each state must submit a plan describing:
State educational agencies (SEAs) send the money to the school districts based on the numbers of low-income families.
The Local Educational Agency (LEA) identifies eligible schools -- those with the highest percentage of children from low-income families, and provides Title I resources.
The Title I school (this includes parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff) works to:
The following document is provided by and required by the state and may not be fully Section 508 compliant.
Homeless Children and Youth Assistance at Huntsville City Schools is funded under the McKinney-Vento Act. The Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youths. For a more detailed look, watch UpClose: McKinney-Vento Program.
Children and youth who are:
Parents’ and Students’ Rights:
To apply, visit the McKinney-Vento Program Application.
The student must remain enrolled and provided with transportation (if feasible) until the district makes a final determination and for a maximum of 10 days after the determination to give the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth the opportunity to appeal to and receive a decision from the Alabama State Department of Education.
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Effective immediately, the HCS ESOL Department's Spanish message line is 256-963-9829.
Please note this is a general, non-emergency line for families requiring a Spanish interpreter.
This line is not an IT help desk or homework help line.
Huntsville City Schools’ program goals are based on established principles of language development outlined in WIDA’s document “The Cornerstone of WIDA’s Standards: Guiding Principles of Language Development” as well as federal and state legal and educational guidelines. For more information, visit the WIDA website.
HCS strives to create a learning environment that encourages students’ pride in their cultural heritage, and provides the cognitive and affective support to help them become successful members of our society.
This program, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school, will provide each English language learner (ELL or EL) the opportunity to be successful in academic areas and to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in order to be successful in all classes.
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Huntsville, AL 35801
The Huntsville City Schools Native American Indian Education Program provides cultural enrichment and educational support to our members via virtual cultural workshops, STEM exposure, College and Career prep, and more. For additional information about our program including enrollment benefits, events, workshops, virtual programming, Native ancestry tracing info, and more please join our mailing list.
The Native American Indian Education Program was created by the U.S. Department of Education to meet the unique and culturally related academic needs of the American Indian and Alaskan Native students. The program provides cultural enrichment and educational support to all Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native students. Huntsville City Schools Native American Indian Education Program is made available to schools primarily through a Title VI, Part A grant by the Indian Education office of the U. S. Department of Education.
For students to participate in the Native American Indian Education program under the Federal Government Title VI, Part A Eligibility, the student's parent/guardian must complete the Student Eligibility Form: 506- Form. Completing this form enables your student to be counted for funding under this program.
Every Title VI. Part A program must have a parent advisory committee. The input of all parents of children enrolled in Huntsville City Schools NAIE program is encouraged. The parent committee is an invaluable resource of information by either direct knowledge or connections with other Native American members and/or educators in the Huntsville metropolitan area. The unique knowledge of parents about their own traditions and culture can be used in planning activities for students. If you are interested in joining the parent committee, please email the program coordinator.
Parents of Native American Indian students are required to fill out the Indian Student Certification Form 506 in accordance with the Indian Education Act.