Federal Programs

Federal dollars are used to supplement the educational services offered by school districts.  Federal dollars at Quitman School District are used to increase and improve parental involvement, hire additional teachers, enhance technology, and to provide professional training opportunities for staff. Parents are welcome to visit the Parent Resource Center located at Quitman Upper Elementary.  The center is open from 7:30 – 3:30 each school day and provides resources regarding parenting skills, learning disabilities, and educational learning materials.District Contact InformationCentral Office, 601-776-2186Tracy Dearing,
Federal Programs Director
Secondary Foster Care Contact
Secondary EL Contact
Secondary Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth Contact
Secondary Migrant/Immigrant Contact
(601) 776-2186, extension 1016

Carrie Holloman,

Federal Programs Administrative Assistant

(601) 776-2186, extension 1015


Santana Mayers,
Parent Liaison
Primary Foster Care Contact
Primary EL Contact
Primary Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth Contact
Primary Migrant/Immigrant Contact
601-776-2186, ext. 8039


Title I
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance through state education agencies (SEAs) to local education agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Public schools with poverty rates of at least 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds, to operate a school-wide program to upgrade the entire educational program. The school designs, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of students. The programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parent and family engagement.

Title II
GENERAL Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1- 800-437-0833.

Title IV
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) improve school conditions for student learning; and 3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. These funds are used at all three schools to purchase instructional supplies and or equipment that meet the allowable purchases guidelines.

Title V
The Rural Education Initiative is designed to address the unique needs of small, rural local education agencies (LEAs) that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and receive formula grant allocations under other programs in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. These funds are used to pay partial salary and benefits for two paraprofessionals at the elementary school.

Related Links

2023-2024 Dropout Prevention Restructuring Plan

FY 24 QSD Parent & Family Engagement Plan

FY 24 Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth Procedures

FY 24 Foster Care Plan

FERPA Informational Video and Information

Report Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Mississippi Department of Education – Federal Programs Office

Federal Programs Parent Survey Link

Federal Programs Community Partner Survey

Mental Health Resource Guide