Title I is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to students living in areas of high poverty. Established by Congress in 1965, Title I is one of the oldest and largest federal programs supporting elementary and secondary education in existence. More than 90% of the school systems in the United States receive some sort of Title I funding.
The Title I program provides financial assistance to local education agencies such as the Mount Vernon City School District through the New York State Education Department. It is allocated to systems and public schools with high numbers or percentages of economically disadvantaged children to help ensure that all children meet student academic achievement standards.