Title II - Part A
Title II, Part A Improving Educator Quality State Grants originally authorized as Eisenhower Professional Development and the Class Size Reduction programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, was reauthorized in 2001 by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA was authorized in December of 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 extended the date by which certain parts of the Act would be effective. The United States Department of Education (USDE) issued the Non-Regulatory Guidance for Title II, Part A on September 27, 2016. Further guidance has been provided by USDE in the form of Dear Colleague Letters and FAQs.
Improving Teacher Quality State Grant funds are obtained by a State on the basis of the USDE’s approval of either (1) an individual State plan as provided in Section 2112 of the ESEA (20 USC 2112) or (2) a consolidated application that includes the program, in accordance with Section 9302 of the ESEA (20 USC 7842). Through the program, state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) receive funds using a USDE provided formula based on poverty and population.
The purpose of the Title II, Part A grant is:
- to increase student achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards,
- to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders,
- to increase the number of teachers, principals and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools, and
- to provide low-income and minority student greater access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders.
Mandy Reinert, Assistant Superintendent, handles inquiries regarding Title II. You may reach Mrs. Reinert by mail at P.O. Box 118, Iva, SC 29655 by telephone at 864-348-6196 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.