What is Title I?

Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The ESEA was the first major federal school aid initiative and a key component of President Johnson's War on Poverty. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 2015, and reauthorizes ESEA.

Title I was implemented to provide support to disadvantaged children who are failing or at most risk of failing to meet grade-level academic standards.  Title I funding is provided to support school reform efforts to improve academic achievement for students.  

Thirty-five schools in Durham Public Schools receive Title I funds to improve the academic achievement of all students. Our Title I schools maintain a schoolwide status which allows all students in the school to benefit from additional support and services provided with Title I funds.

Family/Parent Engagement is a key part of Title I and the success of all schools.  The DPS Title I program plays a major role in increasing family/parent engagement and support in schools.  

Title I Schools

Meet the Team!

Dr. Dietrich Danner

Senior Executive Director 

of Federal Programs & Community Engagement

Ph: 919.560.9419

Janneke Pulliam

Title I Coordinator

Ph: 919.560.2645

Shirleta Nelson

Federal Budget Manager

Ph: 919.560.3668

Dr. Ernetta Cagle

Title I & Family
Outreach Coordinator

Ph: 919.560.2628

Igniting Limitless Potential!

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