Federal Grants

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has a number of grants designed for educational purposes. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) receives funds from the following sources:

ESSA Title I Part A funds are intended to close the achievement gap for low income “underserved” students. FSDB uses the “school wide” model so any student within a Title I school is eligible for this program. Grant funds help us to provide:

  • Student Enrichment, such as the recent purchase of iPads and iPad applications and accessories for supplementary academic purposes.
  • Professional Development for instructional staff members, such as Summer Institute training opportunities to keep abreast of recent curricular or topical issues and changes (e.g., the new Florida Standards).
  • Parent Involvement, such as reimbursement monies for parent travel to campus for capacity-building activities (e.g., Parent Engagement Workshops and parent classes in American Sign Language or braille).
  • Homeless Students, to fulfill specific needs, e.g., backpacks, new clothing or shoes, and personal books for academic enrichment.
  • Each year, administrators at FSDB invite parent representatives (three per school) to serve on the Title I Parent Advisory Team. This parent team meets quarterly to provide “meaningful and timely parent consultation” on Title I programs and plans, such as the Title I Parent Involvement Plan.

ESSA Title II Part A funds are devoted to ensuring that teachers, principals, assistant principals, and instructional assistants have the highest quality of training and credentials possible. When necessary, funds can also be used to recruit. Typically, Title II funds also provide training stipends and conference travel.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides funds to benefit students with sensory disabilities. IDEA funds provide many vital services such as 11 full-time staff positions; part-time positions such as braille transcriptionists; travel for staff to attend relevant conferences/workshops; funds for parent development classes and the Parent Resource Library; curriculum teams that align school curriculum with state standards; FCAT team leaders to assist with FCAT materials preparation and disbursement; and campus tutors to provide academic help for struggling students.

For questions about ESSA Title I Part A or IDEA, contact:

Christi Boortz
Grants Coordinator
904.827.2284

For questions about ESSA Title II Part A, contact:

Tracie Snow
Director of Curriculum & Professional Development
904.827.2542
904.201.4549 VP

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this federal program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. This program’s guidance at FSDB is provided by Operational Policy and Procedure 10.36.

For questions about Homeless Students, contact:

Christi Boortz
Homeless Liaison
904.827.2284