Title I

  • elementary students reading a book Title I is a federally funded educational program that bridges the gap between low-income students and other students in reading and/or mathematics. Title I provides instructional support in addition to classroom instruction. Six elementary schools are supported with Title I funds – Hillcrest Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, New York Elementary, Pinckney Elementary, Schwegler Elementary, and Woodlawn Elementary.

    Several factors are considered when determining student eligibility for Title I instructional support including assessment scores, in-class performance, and teacher recommendation. Title I support is provided in the classroom as well as small pullout groups. Title I teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to align support with classroom instruction.

    Parent's involvement is a vital component of the Title I program. One of the most important contributors to a student’s academic achievement is their parent’s involvement. Title I staff can provide educational games to play with your student at home, take home books to read, and various ideas to assist you when working with your child at home. Parent Involvement Facilitators, located in the Title I buildings, are available to support the connections between home and school. 

Public Notices

  • Ed-Flex Waiver

    The purpose of the Education Flexibility Partnership Act (Ed-Flex) is to help districts and schools carry out educational reforms and raise the achievement levels of all children by providing increased flexibility in the implementation of federal education programs in exchange for enhanced accountability for the performance of students. Kansas’s authority to provide Ed-Flex waivers was renewed under the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999. The Ed-Flex program was reauthorized and extended in 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-211). Under the extension authority, the Secretary was authorized to carry out the Ed-Flex program for any State that was an Ed-Flex state on September 30, 2004, until the date of enactment of an Act that reauthorized programs under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

    The Lawrence Public Schools is requesting a waiver of Public Law 107-110, Title I, Section 1127(b) to carry over more than 15% of its Title I allocation. Students and staff in title buildings will be affected by this waiver and approval will support over 2,150 students and 30 staff members included in Title I plans for 2022-23. The waiver will allow the district to continue improvement efforts towards the goal of reducing the number of students scoring 1 or 2 on state ELA  and Math assessments by 10% at each grade level.  Effectiveness will be measured by the 2023 state assessments.

    The public, parents, and educators are invited to submit public comments on this waiver by emailing Patrick Kelly, Chief Academic Officer (pkelly@usd497.org)

    Ed-Flex Waiver 2021-22 Title I Part A Funds Applications - USD 497

Contact Us

  •          Patrick Kelly
             Chief Academic Officer
             Valerie Clark
             Administrative Assistant
             Instructional Resources
             & Federal Programs
             Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497
             Educational Support Center
             110 McDonald Drive
             Lawrence, KS 66044
             Phone: 785/832-5000
             Fax: 785/832-5016