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Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families in order to assist school in ensuring that all children meet challenging academic standards.

Districts accepting Title I funds are required to provide all children with fair, equitable and significant educational opportunities in order to obtain a high-quality education and reach--at a minimum--proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.  Title I programs utilize highly qualified staff who implement instructional strategies based on scientifically based research.

Montevideo Public Schools' funding is based on free and reduced lunch count.  During the 2013-2014 school year, the percentage of free and reduced lunch was 40% for the district and approximately 50% for Ramsey Elementary and Sanford Education Center.  Title I funding is used to support supplemental reading and math services for Sanford Education Center, Ramsey Elementary, and Montevideo Middle School.