The School Site Council (SSC) is a stakeholder group that is required for schools who receive Federal funding. Most Springs Charter Schools receive four federal funding allocations:
Title I – Improving Academic Achievement
Title II – Teacher/Principal Training (Staff Development)
Title III – Limited English Proficient (English Learners)
As a SSC, we are tasked with overseeing the expenditures of funds in both Title I and Title III programs. These expenditures must be within the federal guidelines for these programs and adhere to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Federal Addendum that is developed/revised each year. River Springs is a Local Education Agency (LEA), not a “school”, for purpose of Title I.
Title I is defined as:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (formerly ESEA/NCLB) requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades three through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within 12 years. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind.
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs distribute to parents of Title I, Part A students, a school-parent compact (Compact). The Compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. The Compact describes specific ways River Springs and families will partner to help children achieve the state’s high academic standards. The Compact addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Title I, Part A students:
- River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Spring’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction (ESSA Section 1116[d]).
- The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning (ESSA Section 1116[d]).
- The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities (ESSA Section 1116[d]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs engage Title I, Part A parents in meaningful interactions with River Springs. The Compact supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, River Springs has established the following practices:
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs provide Title I, Part A parents with assistance in understanding the state’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs provide Title I, Part A parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children’s achievement (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
With the assistance of Title I, Part A parents,
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs educate staff members in the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs coordinate and integrates the Title I, Part A parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs distribute Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I, Part A parents in a format and language that the parents understand (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs provide support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I, Part A parents (ESSA Section 1116[e]).
River/Empire/Harbor/Citrus Springs provide opportunities for the participation of all Title I, Part A parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand (ESSA Section 1116[f]).
For more information or to join the School Site Council, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.