"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty."
- Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President
From the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act
Over the decades a number of federally funded programs have been created to serve the needs of students in the United States. From programs to serve the specific needs of the children of migratory farm workers (Title I, Part C, Migrant Education) to programs that provide services to students who reside in juvenile detention facilities (Title I, Part D, Delinquent), the federal government has striven to provide services to a wide swath of students and their families.
The foundations of all modern federal programs have their roots in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA was passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Among many of the reform efforts contained within the ESEA were the concepts of equal access to education and the establishment of high standards and accountability. The intent of the ESEA was to shorten the achievement gaps between students by providing every child with access to a high-quality education; concepts that are still in law today. The ESEA was to remain in effect until 1970 but it has been reauthorized by Congress on numerous occasions since (normally every 5 years). The most recent version of the ESEA is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was passed during President Obama's administration.
McCord Public School District receives formula and direct federal grants that benefit the children and families who live in our district. Each grant received has its own purpose, design and intrinsic goals that must be met for the continuance of funding. The Federal Programs Office works closely with school staff in the planning, implementation and data reporting related to programs funded by state/federal monies.
Federal Programs Office
Director/Homeless Liaison: Maurisa Pruett
FEDERAL PROGRAMS COMPLAINTS
The district receives federal funds and has established a complaint process to help ensure compliance with federal grant requirements. Any student, parent, community member or employee who believes the district has violated any regulation connected with the expenditure of federal funds should notify the district using the process outlined in Board of Education Policy 2007, which governs complaints. A complaint can be made to the Superintendent by filling out this form. Alternately, a report can be files with the U.S. Department of Education; directions are below.
Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. To report fraud, waste, abuse, misuse or mismanagement of U.S. Department of Education (ED) program funds (this could include complaints concerning employees, fund recipients, educational institutions, contractors, collection agencies, or lending institutions), please use the online Hotline Complaint Form (see box below).
If you prefer, you may contact the Inspector General's Hotline by:
- Calling the OIG Hotline's toll-free number 1-800-MIS-USED. Hotline Operators take calls during the hours of Monday and Wednesday 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Eastern Time; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time except for holidays.
- Downloading a hard copy of the Hotline Complaint Form at https://ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oighotline.pdf, and completing, mailing or faxing to:
Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
Fax: (202) 245-7047
Your report may be made anonymously or in confidence. No classified information should be submitted to the Hotline. If your complaint involves classified information, please submit your contact information to the Hotline (via phone or complaint form) and request that you be contacted to make separate arrangements so we can receive your complaint.