|Title VII Indian Education Program
The 1972 Indian Education Act was passed by congress and was the landmark legislation establishing a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique, educational, and culturally related academic needs of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students in the United States. In 2001, the program was amended under No Child Left Behind, which reauthorized the programs Title VII, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The act funds formula grantees through the United States Department of Education.
The Indian Education federally funded Formula Grant Program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The programs funded based on challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students, and are be designed to assist Indian students to meet those standards. The funding for this program is also used to ensure that the best available talents and resources, including persons from the Indian community, are utilized. Each year the Banning Unified School District submits an application in accordance with this grant. The formula grant is based on the number of Indian student certification forms received, and an average per pupil expenditure of school districts having Title VII grants in the state.
Indian Student Certification Eligibility
To be considered eligible for services, either the student or one of the parents/grandparents must the following criteria:
Legislation defines "Indian" as any individual who is:
Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee
Represent the parents with providing input, recommendations, and/or to enhance proposed activities.
Program funds and services are to be used to support not supplant the Banning Unified School District core curriculum. The design of the program consists of a Director who oversees the Indian Education Program staff, budget, proposed activities, and monitors the program. Home/School Liaison services are provided for parents/students, teachers and staff to support educational services for all Indian students participating in the program. Tutorial services are provided for Indian students with identified academic needs for grades K-12.