Parents in Title 1 schools have mandated rights under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).However,It is difficult to obtain information as to what these rights are. I tried to locate the 2006-2007 Title 1 Parent Involvement Guidelines, published by the NYCDOE,but it appears it is no longer online.
The link I have provided is a good source of information concerning Parent Involvement rights. Another good source for Title 1 parent information is the addendum of the template of any of the Comprehensive Educational Plans (CEPs).You can use the link provided for the 2005-2006 CEP Template to view this information.
Did you know the following regarding Title 1 schools:
1) Every school must have a written Title 1 School Parent Involvement Policy reflected in the CEP. "The policy establishes the school's expectations for parental involvement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent involvement activities". There is suppose to be a sample template provided by NYCDOE at http://schools.nyc.gov/Parents/NewsInformation/TitleIPIG.htm However, it states the page is not available.
2) Every school must have a written Title 1 School-Parent Compact reflected in the CEP. " The compact must outline how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards". There is suppose to be a sample template provided by NYCDOE at the same link as above.
3) " A minimum of one percent of the school's total Title 1 allocation must be set aside for activities that support the involvement of parents of Title 1 participants in their children's education". "Title 1 parents must be substantively involved in decision-making regarding the use of these funds". The school leadership team consults with the parent group of the school and then incorporates the plan in to the CEP. Monies can be used "to provide support to parents for transportation,childcare or home visits, in cases where these things prevents a parent from becoming involved in their child's school".
4) Title 1 schools must set aside 5% of funds "to insure that all teachers in core subject areas are highly qualified".
5) For Title 1 SINI (Schools in Need of Improvement) schools , 10% of Title 1 funds must be used for teacher and staff professional development and reflected in the CEP.
6) School Leadership Teams consult with the school parent group to determine how all remaining Title 1 funds are to be spent to support Title 1 academic programs.The school leadership team incorporates these programs and funds in to the CEP.