TITLE VII DEFINED
SEC. 7101. STATEMENT OF POLICY.
It is the policy of the United States to fulfill the Federal Government's unique and continuing trust relationship with and responsibility to the Indian people for the education of Indian children. The Federal Government will continue to work with local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities toward the goal of ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children.
SEC. 7102. PURPOSE.
(a) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this part to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet.
(b) PROGRAMS- This part carries out the purpose described in subsection (a) by authorizing programs of direct assistance for —
(1) meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives;
(2) the education of Indian children and adults;
(3) the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and
(4) research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance.
Tooele Title VII
Purpose of Title VII: To meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, so that they can meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards that other students are expected to meet.
How the program is funded: A 506 eligibility form needs to be completed on a student to acknowledge American Indian descendency. The Tooele County School District applies for the Title VII Indian Education Formula grant and is awarded funds based on the number of eligible students. The funding is supplemental in nature, meaning the monies are used to enhance existing School District services to students.
Partnerships: Tooele School District has a variety of federal programs that service the general student population needs. Indian Education works with the existing programs to maximize the use of educational and community resources in helping American Indian students achieve.
1. Academic Achievement K-12
2. Cultural Enrichment K-12
3. Attendance 7-12
Student Facts: Tooele School District has approximately 180 identified American Indian students representing 34 different tribes.
District Contacts and major responsibilities:
Donna Goss, Federal Programs Director, Title VII
Rae Garcia, Indian Education coordinator: Attends Title VII coordinator meetings; Contact person for PAC committee and members; Advocate for American Indian/Alaskan native students; Completes all paperwork for Federal Grant; Assesses Title VII students’ attendance and academic progress; liaison for elementary level Title VII students.