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Title I is part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) enacted April 11, 1965. ESEA is an extensive statue which funds professional learning, instructional materials, parental involvement, and supplemental resources for primary and secondary education. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

The Thomas County Schools' Title I Office is also responsible for Migrant Education, Parent Involvement, and Special Projects. Special Projects include Title III ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), COGNIA District Accreditation, and Georgia Accreditation.

August 18, 2023

FY24 "stART" Grant- Equitable Services Announcement

Thomas County Schools is planning to apply for the GADOE FY24 "stART" Grant. A copy of the grant RFA can be obtained from the Title IV, Part A page on the Georgia Department of Education’s website. Link

It is incumbent upon all eligible public-school LEAs to communicate in writing to private schools all Title IV, Part A stART Grant opportunities to all geographically eligible non-public schools regardless of the public-school LEA’s participation.

The LEA must communicate with eligible private schools in a timely manner so as to afford the private schools officials an equal opportunity to apply for a Title IV, Part A stART Grant within the allocated timeframe. Documentation of communication must be uploaded into the ES4PS portal, and the applicable remarks included on the RFA application. The non-public school’s participation in this grant is not dependent upon its participation in any other federally funded equitable provisions.

Non-public schools must apply through the public-school LEA where the grant funding will be awarded and administered. Awarded non-public schools will receive 100% of the grant funds. Provisions for Equitable Services

Non-public school applicants must coordinate with the Co-applicant and establish an internal process to submit the application into the online portal as required within the designated timeframe. Applications not submitted to GaDOE via the application online portal will not be accepted.

Interested parties should contact Dr. Bob Dechman for more information. 


Robert Dechman, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs and Accountability
Ph: (229) 584-9133
Fax: (229) 225-4376


Lisa Duncan 
Federal Programs Administrative Assistant
Ph: (229) 584-9132
Fax: (229) 225-4376