Office of Federal Programs & Grants

Contact Info
Michelina Thornton

Office Location
765 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-733-7116
Fax: 973-733-7115
The Office of Federal Programs and Grants works to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for our children and families. We aim to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial resources to support District initiatives. Each year, Newark receives federal funds to support the operation of the Title I Program in schools. Title I funds are allocated to schools where the percentage of children of low-income families meets the District Free and Reduced Meal indicators.

The goal of the Title I Program is to provide academic opportunities for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging Common Core State Standards. This is accomplished by focusing on improving the skills of all students through the following research-based practices:

  • Supporting early reading programs
  • Professional development for Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Developing a strong framework for accountability
  • Holding schools accountable for results
  • Offering parents choices and increased flexibility

We are the central coordinating office of entitlement and competitive grants that support the district’s plan for student achievement. In addition, the office is responsible for monitoring implementation of grant criteria, thereby working with schools and other departments to ensure proper utilization of funds.

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