Mary Tolman

Teresa Ruiz
Administrative Assistant 
(956) 698-8137
Emily Garcia 
Accounting Clerk
(956) 698-2477

Mission Statement

The mission of the Special Programs Department is to improve student achievement by providing leadership and guidance in the implementation and evaluation of state and federal funded campus and district initiatives. The Special Programs department assists campuses and the District in their effort to increase student achievement through research-based strategies such as

• Improving teacher and principal quality through prescriptive professional development; 

• Increasing the number of highly qualified teachers and administrators at the campus-level; 

• Reducing the class-size at 5th grade; 

• Acquiring valuable resources and materials in combination with research-based strategies to close the achievement of the gap of the students most at-risk of not graduating; and 

• Providing assistance to students and their families who meet the eligibility criteria for the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program.

• Providing assistance to students and their families who meet the eligibility criteria for the Migrant Education Program.

2020-2021 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Application

2020-2021 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Application – Current

2019-2020 Special Programs
Handbook | Funding Guide

TEA's Inventory Disposition Form Blue 2019-2020

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Links and Forms

Financial Accountability System Resource Guide

The Financial Accountability System Resource Guide(FASRG) describes the rules of financial accounting for school districts, charter schools, and education service centers. The FASRG is adopted by 19 Texas Administrative Code §109.41. View more

No Child Left Behind and Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), amended as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), aims to close the achievement gap between groups of students through greater accountability and increased flexibility and choice.

ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are just a few. The law:
• Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
• Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
• Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
•  Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
•  Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
• Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs

Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs Operated By Local Educational Agencies—of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, provides supplemental funding to state and local educational agencies to acquire additional education resources at schools serving high concentrations of students from low-income homes. These resources are used to improve the quality of education programs and ensure students from low-income families have opportunities to meet challenging state assessments.

Title I, Part A schools implement either a Schoolwide program or a Targeted Assistance program. Both Title I, Part A models — Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance — use evidence-based methods and instructional strategies.

• Title II, Part A Statute
• Title X, Part C: McKinney-Vento Homeless  _Assistance Act 

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low-income areas with an alternative approach for operating school meal programs. Instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced-price meals, the CEP allows LEAs and schools meeting the eligibility requirements to use information from other means-tested programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF). The level of participation in these programs determines the level of Federal funding for the school meal programs. Eligible schools must pay the difference between the level of financial resources allowed by law and the total cost of operating the programs. The CEP reduces the administrative burden for schools and allows them to offer free meals to all children.





Youth Connection Project


• 2018-2019 Title I-A Handbook

Special Programs

Phone: (956) 548-8137 Fax: (956)548-8238

Mary Tolman

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