The McKenzie Special School District receives federal funds under No Child Left Behind through the following titles
- Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
- Title II, Part A Teacher/Principal Training & Recruitment Fund
- Title III English as a Second Language
- Title VI, Part B Rural Education Initiative
Funds for these programs are intended to ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.
These programs are designed to improve:
- Academic achievement
- Reading skills
- Professional development
- Mathematics and science teaching
- Technologically savvy educational practices
- English language acquisition
- Parental involvement
- Overall educational reform.
Title I schools can operate either as targeted assistance or school wide. Targeted assistance schools identify students who are at risk of not meeting the state's content and performances standards and provide individualized instructional programs to the identified students so that they may meet the state's standards. Schoolwide programs use their funds to improve the entire program of the school so that all students are impacted.
(1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and
(2) hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
The Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program is an initiative designed to address the unique needs of rural school districts. These districts frequently lack personnel and resources needed to compete for federal competitive grants and often receive formula allocations that are too small to be used effectively for their intended purposes. SRSA retains the current Rural Education Achievement Program, which provides additional formula funds and flexibility in the use of certain funds to small rural districts. It creates a new program to provide additional funds to rural districts that:
- Are ineligible to participate in the Small, Rural School Achievement Program
- Serve concentrations of poor students
SRSA provides participating LES's with additional flexibility by authorizing them to consolidate their allocations under the Teacher Quality, Innovative Programs (formerly Title VI), Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and Educational Technology. It also lows LEA's to use their consolidated funds to carry out activities authorized under Title I, Teacher Quality State Grants (Title II-D), Language Acquisition State Grants (Title III), Innovative Program State Grants (Title V-A), and Safe and Drug-Free Schools State Grants (Title IV-A). LEA's may use consolidated funds to carry out activities authorized under Title I, Eisenhower Professional Development, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and Technology Literacy Challenge Fund programs.
The Rural and Low-Income School Program authorizes LEA's to use program funds for:
- Teacher recruitment
- Professional development
- Educational technology
- Parental involvement activities
- Activities authorized under Safe and Drug-Free Schools
- Activities authorized under Title I, Part A
- Activities authorized under Title III