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Federal Funding

Although in the Constitution, the responsibility of education resides with the states, since there is a pressing national interest to provide high-quality education for our youth, the federal government has historically provided funds to supplement state and district budgets. It is important to note that the goal of federal funding is to supplement — not supplant — state and local funds.

The federal government spends over $70 billion annually on primary and secondary education programs. Much of the funding is discretionary, meaning it is set annually by Congress through the appropriations process.

Basically, federal education dollars are provided to districts through grants and programs. Some sources of federal funds have been available for a number of years. Funds under Title I of Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) have been available since 1965, when the legislation first passed. Title I funds are directed toward improving the education of students from low-income backgrounds. The intent of the legislation of ESEA 1965 is to provide “compensatory education” as a means of ensuring equality of educational opportunities for all children, regardless of the economic status of their parents. Today, states wishing to receive Title I monies must submit to the federal government a proposal for educational improvement.

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Notification that Port Arthur ISD intends to apply for ESSER

Notice of Intent to Apply for Federal Grants - August 2023


The following information is provided in response to 34 C.F.R. Part 106.8 of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, mandating notice of a nondiscrimination policy and adoption and publication of grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints. In accordance with Title IX, the district does not, and is required not to, discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. The requirement not to discriminate extends to employment. As a school district serving students in kindergarten through grade 12, the district is not subject to provisions in Title IX Regulations (Subpart C) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in admissions and recruitment. However, the district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admissions or transfer requests.

The district has designated and authorized the following employee as the Title IX Coordinator to address concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and gender-based harassment:

Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Melvin Getwood
Physical Address: 4801 9th Ave. Port Arthur, Texas 77642
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 409-989-6222

Any individual may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, at any time, including during non-business hours, by mail, phone, or email. Reports can also be made: during district business hours, reports may also be made in person. To view an electronic copy of the District’s Title IX policies, FFH(LEGAL) and (LOCAL) and DIA(LEGAL) and (LOCAL), please Click Here


Contact Us:

Dr. Melvin Getwood

Assistant Superintendent
Programs & Post-Secondary Education


Administration Building

4801 9th Avenue

Port Arthur, TX 77642

409-989-6224 (phone)

409-989-6178 (fax)



Notification that PAISD intends to apply for ESSER

Notice of Intent to Apply for Federal Grants - August 2023