Federal Grants Program


    Pearland ISD has applied for 2021-2022 ESSA and TEHCY funding.  You can read more below about the programs. If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns regarding ESSA &/or TEHCY funding and the programs these funds support, please let us know by contacting Donna Tate, Federal Programs/Grants Administrator, at tated@pearlandisd.org or 281.997.4949.  

    District Grants and Grant Contacts:

    Career & Technical Education/Perkins Grants: Dr. Toby Nix, 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 for Special Programs | 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-need 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 funds on campuses which allow these supplemental resources to upgrade the educational program on these campuses.  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.
    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.
    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 receivges is used to support the development and impelmentation 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.
    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 profesional development for educations in implementing new technology strategies for high-needs students. 


    Texas Education of Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY)
    The TEHCY grant provides for the support of homless children and youth, as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act. The program aims to remove barrier to attendance and academic progress through providing funding for activities such as supplies for academic courses, dual credit course fees, college placement test fees, excess cost of school of origin transportation, hygiene supplies, and dress-code compliant clothing supplies.  You can read more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act and Outreach Department Programs here.


    For more information or for questions, please contact:

    Donna Tate, Federal Programs/Grants Administrator