NCLB - No Child Left Behind
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first passed by Congress in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The most recent reauthorization of this legislation is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The primary function of NCLB is to close the achievement gap between groups of students by requiring greater accountability and offering increased flexibility and choice. The NCLB Act affects almost every school district and charter school in the state.
The Title I program under NCLB is comprised of five basic components: Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Parental Involvement, Fiscal Planning, Comprehensive Needs Assessments, and Private-Non-Profit Schools. Region 3 offers Professional Development in these areas, as well as Compliance, Applications, Homelessness, Parent Notifications, School Support Teams, School Improvement, and other trainings for administrators and federal program directors.
Other workshops and trainings include Schoolwide components, substitute teachers and professional development for certified paraprofessionals. The Federal Application Contracted Services includes full support to contracted districts regarding applying for and implementing the funds under Title I. Migrant Education is also addressed through this department.