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Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

Title I is one of five sections of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, an extensive federal statute that emphasizes equal access to education and establishes standards and accountability. As the first congressional legislation to comprehensively and systemically fund programs that address the needs of low-income students, it represented the greatest single commitment made by the federal government to the improvement of education. This entry examines the sociohistorical context of the United States that created the need for the ESEA. It discusses the purpose, goals, and scope of Title I funding; describes the original act, reauthorizations, and the various sections of Title I; and examines important educational implications for students being served through Title I funds.

Historical and Political Context

The ESEA can ...

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