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Federal Programs

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” The focus of reform efforts at that time were the ideals of equal access to education and providing high standards for all children, regardless of socioeconomic status. The ESEA has evolved over the last half-century and is now known as the No Child Left Behind Act, which became law in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration. The Barack Obama is now engaged in reevaluating and expanding the vision of ESEA to include fostering innovation and refocusing on equity and access for all.

Putnam City Schools receives federal grant funds that benefit the children and families living within our district boundaries. Each grant fund has regulations and goals that must be met to continue funding. The Federal Programs office works closely with Curriculum and Instruction coordinators, schools, parents, and other stakeholders to plan and implement high-quality programs that will benefit the students of Putnam City Schools. The Federal Programs office administers grant funds for:

  • Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; and
  • Title II, Part A - Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

Additionally, the district receives federal funding for Title III - Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students; Title VII, Part A - Indian Education; Title X - McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance; and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding. Putnam City Schools has grant coordinators for each of these funds separately, as the grants have very different regulations, requirements and goals.

Please feel free to direct any questions, suggestions, or concerns about Title I and II federal funds to this office:

Varhea Owens Hopkins, Federal Programs Coordinator
(405) 495-5200, ext. 1218


Federal Programs Complaints

Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. To report fraud, waste, abuse, misuse or mismanagement of U.S. Department of Education (ED) program funds (this could include complaints concerning employees, fund recipients, educational institutions, contractors, collection agencies, or lending institutions), please use the online Hotline Complaint Form (see box below).

If you prefer, you may contact the Inspector General's Hotline by:

  • Calling the OIG Hotline's toll-free number 1-800-MIS-USED. Hotline Operators take calls during the hours of Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. EST; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. EST, except for holidays.
  • Downloading a hard copy of the Hotline Complaint Form and completing, mailing or faxing to:

Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
Fax: (202) 245-7047

Your report may be made anonymously or in confidence. No classified information should be submitted to the hotline. If your complaint involves classified information, please submit your contact information to the hotline (via phone or complaint form) and request that you be contacted to make separate arrangements so we can receive your complaint.