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History of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):

The Elementary and Secondary Act was passed as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and has been the most far-reaching federal legislation affecting education ever passed by Congress. The bill aims to shorten the achievement gaps between students by providing each child with fair and equal opportunities to achieve an exceptional education. The last reauthorization of ESEA was No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2001, named and proposed by George W. Bush. Under current State administration, Tennessee applied for and was approved for a waiver for First to the Top (FttT) funds. The waiver eliminated NCLB achievement accountability and we adopted the district-specific AMOs based on academic growth. The bill defaulted to ESEA. Recently (2016), ESEA was reauthorized under President Barack Obama and is currently Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Humboldt Title IA Program:

The Title IA program at Humboldt City Schools operates as a schoolwide program, which means all students and teachers in every school are eligible for Title IA funds and services. The Humboldt City School System originally served the two elementary schools. Then, in 2009-2010 the HCS district adopted the Humboldt Middle School, and in 2014-2015, Humboldt High School was adopted into the program. After reconfiguration in 2015, Humboldt City Schools now has three schools: Stigall Primary School (Pre-K-1st grade), East Elementary School (2nd grade-6th grade), and Humboldt Junior & Senior High School (7th grade-12th grade).  The Humboldt City School System remains a Title I district. 


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): 

ESSA encompasses five central themes in the legislation.  

1) Opportunities for All Students

2) Strengthening Academics

3) Quality Learning

4) Well-rounded Education

5) At Risk-Students








Jennifer Roten, Federal Programs Director