Federal Programs

John Hutchins
Assistant Director of Schools for Operations & Title IX Coordinator



Federal Programs are funded through Title I, II, III, IV, and IX of the Every Student Succeeds Act and provide support for students that fall into the economically disadvantaged category. The purpose is to try to level the playing field and give all students equitable access to resources. These programs provide academic intervention, services for homeless and neglected students, computer access, and services for English Learners.

Use the resources at the bottom of this page for information pertaining to homeless students, students who speak limited English, immigrant students and family engagement plans. For additional assistance, contact Director of Federal Programs John Hutchins.

View our School Improvement Plans.

ECS Federal Funding:

Title I - A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

Title I-A Neglected funds are generated by the number of students that are enrolled in non-public facilities within our district.  Neglected facilities are a public or private residential facilities other than a foster home, operated primarily for the care of children who have been committed or placed in the institution due to abandonment, neglect, or death of their parents.We currently have two facillities we partner with... the Elizabethton Academy, and the East Tennessee Childrens Home. 

Title II - A  funds are used to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classrooms and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.

Other programs are provided, where funding may not be received. These programs include:

  • Title III
  • Homeless Education "aka" Students in Transition

Title III helps ensure that English learners (ELs) attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.


Homeless Education (Students in Transition)

Homeless Education as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act states that “homeless children and youth” are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. McKinney-Vento also includes children and youth who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters; - abandoned in hospitals; or awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above. 

Use the resources to the right of this page to find information pertaining to students who speak limited English, are seeking to register for school, but lack a fixed, regular, adequate nightime residence. 

Assistance & Services Provided

Elizabethton City Schools currently serve more than100 students as "Homeless" or as Students in Transition. We can provide assistance in several ways:

  • Removing Barriers to enrollment in school

  • Tutoring Services

  • Transportation

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact:

Tom Hopson - Homeless & Foster Liaison


Office - 423-547-8000 ext. 1513

Work Cell - 423-791-1704


National Center for Homeless Education

Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Handbook Series

Visit the NCHE website.

Federal Homeless Resources 

  1. American Red Cross Disaster Tools and Resources
    This disaster and safety library from the American Red Cross will assist community members in preparing their homes, schools, and workplaces in the event of a disaster or emergency. The webpage includes fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides, and other helpful information to keep communities informed and safe.
    Visit the Disaster Tools and Resources webpage.
  2. DisasterAssistance.gov: The Nation's First Stop for Disaster Relief
    This U.S. government website enables citizens to locate and apply for disaster relief.
    Visit the website.
  3. Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
    FEMA's website provides disaster victims with information on how to access a variety of support services, including government benefits, hotlines for finding loved ones, and more.
    Visit the website.
    Additional FEMA resources:
    National Disaster Housing Resource Center
    National Disaster Recovery Framework