The History of Educational Comparability in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 By Phyllis McClure |
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires that schools receiving funds under Title I be comparable in services to schools that do not receive Title I funds. The public policy purpose: To ensure federal financial aid is spent on top of state and local funds to which all public school children are entitled. Title I was one of five titles in the legislation, which was introduced in Congress on January 12, 1965, and was passed by Congress on April 9, 1965.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation on April 12, 1965 in front of the old one-room school house on his ranch on the banks of the Perdernales River. The new law was considered a legislative triumph because previous attempts to provide federal aid to primary and secondary education by Congress had always floundered on the “two R’s,” race and religion. I
If you are a Delaware legislator reading this please consider introducing legislation proclaiming April 2015 ; Title 1 Month. Delaware needs to celebrate Title 1’s 50th birthday and give thanks to all Title 1 teachers and staff of today and yesterday.