State and Federal Programs

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Kimberly May
Director of State and Federal Programs

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools’ State and Federal Programs Office oversees the Title I, Title II, Title III (English Learners) and 31a (At Risk) funding the district receives from the State of Michigan and the U.S. government. These funds are used to provide supplemental education opportunities for eligible students.

Section 31a – At Risk

Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts for supplementary instructional and pupil support services for pupils who meet the at-risk criteria specified in the legislation. These criteria include low achievement on MEAP tests in mathematics, reading, science, or social studies; failure to meet core academic curricular objectives in English language arts or mathematics (applies to grade K-3 pupils only); or the presence of two or more identified at-risk factors. Section 31a funds are limited to direct services to pupils and may not be used for administrative or other related costs.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools uses 31a funding for the Elementary and Middle School Summer Academy programs, for elementary counselors, K-3 instructional paraprofessionals, middle school support classes, and high school intervention programs.

Title I – Improving Basic Programs

The Title I program is designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards by participating in either a school wide or a targeted assistance program. School wide programs are implemented in high-poverty schools following a year of planning with external technical assistance and use Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school. Targeted assistance programs provide supplementary instruction to children who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet the district's core academic curriculum standards. School-based decision-making, professional development, and parent involvement are important components of each district's Title I program.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools currently has seven Title I elementary schools. Each school receives an allocation of the district’s Title I funds based on the school’s poverty level and total enrollment. Each school determines the use of the funds as a result of information gathered in the School Improvement process. For the most part, these funds are used for additional instructional staff who work with the eligible students in their area of need.

Title II – Teacher & Principal Training & Recruiting

The purpose of Title II is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.

In exchange, agencies that receive funds are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II provides these agencies with the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools uses Title II funds for staff professional development in core curricular areas.

Title III – Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Students

The Title III program is designed to assure speedy acquisition of English language proficiency, assist students to achieve in the core academic curriculum, and to assist students to meet State standards. It also provides immigrant students with high quality instruction to meet challenging State standards, and assists the transition of immigrant children and youth into American society.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools uses Title III funds to provide technology in the classroom for English Learners (EL) and for a K-12 EL Coach to assist instructional staff in utilizing best-practice strategies to meet the needs of EL students. Future plans for the funds include an after school tutoring program.

Parent Information

Do you have a concern? 

If you have a concern regarding any of the supplemental services programs in the Plymouth-Canton Community School district, which includes Title I, Title II, Title III (English Learners) and 31a (At Risk), you should always feel comfortable contacting the State and Federal Programs office. Our email address is

If you feel the concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction, the Michigan Department of Education has a process in place to investigate and resolve complaints. This link provides information regarding that process.

Parents' Right to Know Staff Qualifications

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, all parents of students in that school may request, and the District will provide, information on the qualifications of the instructional staff working with their children. This link provides more information regarding the requirement.

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