The school district is asking the state for a waiver so the $19.2 million it has been allocated can be divided among all its Title 1 schools. A school typically qualifies for Title 1 if at least 40 percent of its students come from low-income families as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Under federal guidelines, the Title 1 stimulus money must be set aside to fund Title 1 schools that fall in the "needs improvement" category for academics under the No Child Left Behind Act. These are schools that must offer parents the choice to transfer their children and provide supplemental educational services, such as tutoring. Gwinnett has three such schools: Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools; and Richards Middle School. All three have met their annual yearly progress goals for 2009, but they must meet them again this year to be removed from the "needs improvement" list.