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  • What is Title I?

    Title IA is a federally funded grant program. First started in 1964, it is the largest grant under George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.

    The purpose of Title I is to provide additional support for schools that serve children who have risk factors like poverty or high mobility. Research has demonstrated that these factors make it more difficult for children to be successful in school. Eligible schools get an amount of money based on the number of students in the school who are directly certified by USDA standards. Principals, teachers and Title I parents develop a plan for how they can use this money so that all students can achieve to their highest potential.

    Title I programs often include:

    • Smaller class sizes 
    • Additional teachers or teaching assistants 
    • Teachers with specialized training in reading and mathematics

    But they can also include:

    • Before-or-after school tutoring 
    • Additional training for school staff in areas where students need help 
    • Counseling and mentoring programs


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    2017-18 Paper Meal Applications


    Completed application can be given to your school's office or mailed directly to: Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services, PO Box 3107, Portland OR 97208-3107. Families may submit a new meal application at any time during the school year if you have income or household changes (for example, additional household members).

    Actively enrolled PPS students in grade levels pre-K through high school are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits valued up to $1,000 per year, if your family meets one of the following criteria:

    • USDA income guidelines
    • Receives SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) benefits
    • Receives TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits 
    • Receives FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) benefits

    Students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals may also be eligible to receive additional benefits such as fee reductions and/or waivers and low cost internet if you date, sign and submit the "Permission to Share" form (page 3 of paper form) with your meal application. Remember to keep your meal benefits approval notification letter as it will be needed when applying for other benefits. If your child attends one of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, you do NOT need to submit a free or reduced-price meal application. However, students attending a non-CEP school will need to complete a new meal application for the 2017-18 school year. For meal benefits related questions, call (503) 916-3402 or send an email to

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(503) 916-3789
(503) 916-3111
Leslie O'Dell
Senior Director of Funded Programs & Early Learning
(503) 916-3231
Kathy Gaitan
Director - Title IC Migrant, Connect, Instruct & Learn (CIA), Private Schools Title I and II
(503) 917-4110
Angela Morrill
Program Director - Indian Education Services
(503) 917-1112
Kristin Johnson
Senior Business Operations Analyst
Lindsay Deacon
TOSA School Improvement
503-916-2000 x71389
Kylene Parks
TOSA School Improvement
503-916-2000 x74374
Sara Beck
TOSA School Improvement
Marvin Reyes
Administrative Assistant - Funded Programs
(503) 916-3789
Kate Damon
Senior Administrative Secretary - Indian Education
(503) 916-6499