Overview

The E.S.E.A. Title 1 Program is a federally funded project developed to meet the academic needs of students. E.S.E.A. stands for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was passed in 1965. The No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on January 8, 2002, reauthorized E.S.E.A. Title 1. The No Child Left Behind Act is designed to promote educational excellence for all students. The goal is for all students to achieve proficiency of the academic standards.

Baldwin-Whitehall has three target-assisted programs including: Paynter, McAnnulty, and Whitehall Elementary Schools. We also provide Title 1 services to eligible students at St. Elizabeth and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Elementary Schools.

Staff

Highly Qualified Teachers

According to the U. S. Department of Education, a highly qualified teacher, is fully certified, has a bachelor’s degree and has completed a content area major OR has passed a content area test in the subject he/she is assigned to teach. In Pennsylvania, a fully certified teacher must have a bachelor’s degree, a content area major AND have passed a content area test. In addition, fully certified teachers in Pennsylvania have completed pedagogical course work in education, including student teaching. Every teacher in Baldwin-Whitehall meets the No Child Left Behind standards for Highly Qualified Teachers.

Parents' Right to Know

Parents in all Title I schools, McAnnulty, Whitehall, and Paynter Elementary Schools, have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who provide instructional services. This applies to all children in the school, whether or not they receive identifiable Title I services.

Parents’ Right-to-Know
Regulations 200.61

August 29, 2016

Dear Parent:
Your child’s school receives Title I funding and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002.

NCLB requires:
• Increased accountability for states and school districts.
• Greater choice for parents, especially those in low performing schools.
• Greater flexibility for state and local education agencies in the use of federal funding.


Under NCLB, parents have a right to request professional qualifications of their children’s teacher(s). This
letter is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about your children’s classroom
teachers:
• Whether Pennsylvania has licensed the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which
Pennsylvania licensing criteria have been waived.
• The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and whether the teacher has any advance degrees, and if
so, the subject of the degrees.


If you would like to receive specific information about your child’s teacher, please contact your school
principal.


Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts to
provide the best education for your child.

Sincerely,
Daniel J. Emanuelson
Federal Program Coordinator


Parent Involvement Policy

The Title I Parent Involvement section of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires each Title I school to develop a written parental involvement policy that describes the means for carrying out the requirements of Section 1118 The School must ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities are sent to the parents of Title I children in a format and in a language the parents can understand.

Policy 918 Title I Parental Involvement

Volunteer Policy

McAnnulty Elementary School Involvement Policy

W.R. Paynter Elementary School Involvement Policy

Whitehall Elementary School Involvement Policy

School-Parent Compact

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, and the parents of the students participating in
activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards. This school-parent compact is in effect during school year – 2015-2016.

Follow this link to access the School-Parent Compact.

Complaint Resolution Procedure

Introduction

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) legislation requires State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to adopt written procedures for “receiving and resolving any complaint alleging violations of the law in administration of programs.” In accordance with this legislative requirement, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has also required Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to adopt written procedures for resolving complaints filed.

Definition

A “complaint” is a written, signed statement filed by an individual or an organization. It must include:

a) A statement that a school has violated a requirement of federal statute or regulation that applies to Title 1.

b) The facts on which the statement is based.

c) Information on any discussions, meetings or correspondence with a school regarding the complaint.

Complaint Resolution Procedures

  1. Referral – Complaints against schools should be referred to the District’s Federal/ State Programs Office: Ms. Susan McCrone, Acting Chief Division of Federal Programs Pennsylvania Department of Education 333 Market Street, 7th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
  2. Notice to School – The Federal/State Programs Office will notify the school Superintendent and Principal that a complaint has been received. A copy of the complaint will be given to the Superintendent and Principal with directions given for the Principal to respond.
  3. Investigation – After receiving the Principal’s response, the Federal/State Programs Office, along with the Superintendent, will determine whether further investigation is necessary. If necessary, the Federal/State Programs Director and the Superintendent may do an onsite investigation at the school.
  4. Opportunity to Present Evidence – The Federal/State Programs Director may provide for the complainant and the Principal to present evidence.
  5. Report and Recommended Resolution – Once the Federal/State Programs Director has completed the investigation and the taking of evidence, a report will be prepared with a recommendation for resolving the complaint. The report will give the name of the party bringing the complaint, the nature of the complaint, a summary of the investigation, the recommended resolution and the reasons for the recommendation. Copies of the report will be issued to all parties involved. The recommended resolution will become effective upon issuance of the report.
  6. Follow Up – The Federal/State Programs Director and the Superintendent will ensure that the resolution of the complaint is implemented.
  7. Time Limit – The period between the Federal/State Programs Director receiving the complaint and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.
  8. Right to Appeal – Either party may appeal the final resolution to the Department of Education. Appeals should be addressed as follows:

Ms. Susan McCrone, Acting Chief

Division of Federal Programs

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street, 7th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Parent Support

Daniel Emanuelson

Principal

Kathy Hayes-Berkoben

Intervention Specialist

Jennifer McCool

Teacher

Janet Moik

Secretary

Melissa Sill

Intervention Specialist

Brooke Stebler

Intervention Specialist