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Federal Grants Program


During June and July of 2023, Pearland ISD will be applying for the 2023-2024 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Perkins V federal block grants, as well as the 3rd year of the Texas Education of Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) grant. 

You may provide comment on these applications in one of the following ways.

You may attend the public hearing at the Pearland ISD School Board meeting on June 13, 2023.  The meeting starts at 5:00 pm and is held in the board room of the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX, 77581.

Respond via this  survey link for comment on the 2023-2024 ESSA, IDEA, Perkins V, and TEHCY Grants.  This survey closes June 13, 2023.

District activities for ESSA consolidated and TEHCY grants can be found below. Click here for district activities for IDEA and here for Perkins V.

Notice of Intent to Apply posted May 4, 2023.

This page contains information about grants Pearland ISD receives as a part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and federal McKinney-Vento (which funds TEHCY) programs. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Tate, Federal Programs/Grants Administrator, at or 281.997.4949.  

District Grants and Grant Contacts:

Career & Technical Education/Perkins Grants: Mike Akin, Director of Career & Technical Education | CTE Programs Department Page

Clean Vehicles Project: Keith Kaup, Director of Transportation | Transportation Department Page

School Safety and Security Grant, Brad Hayes, Director of Safe and Secure Schools | Safe & Secure Schools Department Page

Special Programs/IDEA Grants: Dr. Lisa Nixon, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services| Special Programs Department Page

ESSA, TEHCY, Disaster, all ESSER, and other State & Federal Grants: Donna Tate, Federal Programs/Grants Administrator | ESSA and TEHCY information below | ESSER Page

For detailed listing of all State and Federal Grants and their respective Grant Managers, click here.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) was reauthorized on December 10, 2015, as the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA builds upon the critical work states and local educational agencies (school districts) have implemented over the last few years. The reauthorized law prioritizes excellence and equity for our students and supports great educators.

The new law builds on the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

 A few of the key ESSA outcomes are the provisions that
  • Advance equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-needs students.
  • Require that all students be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
  • Ensure that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
  • Help support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders.
  • Sustain and expand investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
  • Maintain an expectation that where groups of students are not making progress, &/or graduation rates are low over extended periods of time, there will be accountability and action to effect positive change.

Title I, Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I, Part A Required Postings 

The purpose of Title I, Part A is to provide supplemental resources to districts to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide a high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the state student performance standards. The supplemental Title I, Part A funding Pearland ISD receives is typically used for additional intervention instructional staff, evidence-based instructional materials, extended learning opportunities, professional development, enhancing parent and family involvement, and for other activities designed to enable every student to succeed at the highest levels of performance. Pearland ISD has nine high-needs Title I School-WIde campuses, which allow these supplemental resources to upgrade the educational program on these students.  For 2022-2023, these campuses are H.C. Carleston Elementary, Barbara Cockrell Elementary, C.J. Harris Elementary, E.A. Lawhon Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, Sam Jamison Middle School, Leon Sablatura Middle School, Pearland Junior High South, and Pearland Junior High West. For 2023-2024, Massey Ranch Elementary is applying to be School Wide Title I, and Magnolia Elementary will no longer meet the criteria to be Title I and will transition out of Title I services.  The district has been allocated a 2023-2024 planning amount of $1,743,598.00.  The district Title I funds are primarily focused on Reading &/or Math intervention, tutoring support, and resources, based on the needs of the campus.  A minimum of one percent of the funds will be set aside for parent and family engagement activities at the Title I campuses as well.  Title I funds 16 positions across the campuses, with a new position being added at Jamison in 2023-2024 and the position at Magnolia moving to Massey Ranch.  

Title II, Part A: Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting

The supplemental financial assistance that Title II, Part A provides for school districts, including Pearland ISD, enables them to improve teacher and principal quality through evidence-based professional development in order to increase student academic achievement.  Title II, Part A also holds school districts and schools accountable for improving student achievement. The district has been allocated a 2023-2024 planning amount of $423,602.00.  In Pearland ISD, Title II funds provide professional development services for teachers and administrators.  For instance, it can help provide a contracted presenter for teachers on staff development days or substitutes for teachers to attend a pull-out training. 

Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement

The purpose of Title III, Part A is to ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English.  The supplemental Title III, Part A funding that Pearland ISD receives is used to support the development and implementation of Language Instruction Educational Programs; parent, family, and community engagement, and supplemental professional development for instructional strategies for English Learners.  The district's Bilingual Department manages our Title III, Part A program.  The district has been allocated $244,744.00 for planning purposed for 2023-2024. 

Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment

Title IV, Part A has three areas of focus: well-rounded education, student health and safety, and supporting the effective use of technology.  The supplemental Title IV, Part A funding that Pearland ISD receives allows for evidence-based training for science, math, and civics teachers in identified strategies; a multi-tiered framework to social, emotional, and behavioral student support systems; and professional development for educators in implementing effective technology strategies for student academic readiness.    For 2023-2024, Pearland ISD has been allocated $136,412.00 for planning. Title IV activities planned for 2023-2024 to support Well-Rounded Education Opportunities will include continuing to provide support for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as some English Language Arts and Reading intervention resources.  We will continue our support for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as programs for the Support for Safe and Healthy Schools.  For 23-24 we are also looking to provide support for collaborating with community resources to meet emergency needs of students to improve their mental health as well as attendance.  In the Support of the Effective Use of Technology area, we will continue to provide program activities for supporting professional development in implementing technology for instruction through a trainer of trainer model.

Texas Education of Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY)

The TEHCY grant provides for the support of homeless children and youth, as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act. The program aims to remove barriers to attendance and academic progress through providing funding for activities such as student case management, supplies for academic courses, dual credit course fees, college placement test fees, and excess cost of school of origin transportation.  You can read more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act and Outreach Department Programs here.  TEA has not provided the 2023-2024 grant allocation amounts yet.


For more information or for questions, please contact:
Donna Tate
Federal Programs/Grants Administrator