OPS Title I Director:
Ms. Tina L. Forté
Title I, Omaha Public Schools
Teacher Administrative Center
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2024
1965-Congress enacts Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Federal funding now available for reading/language arts and math curriculum to students in impoverished areas who are at risk of failing to meet state standards.
1966-Title I funding used by the Omaha Public School District to open a Materials Resource and Service Center, the forerunner of the Printing and Publications Services.
-Title I programs include Community Aides, Psychological Services, Visiting Teachers, Special Education (visual, speech therapy, acoustics), Volunteer Tutor Program, Prescott Child and Youth Study-In-service Training Program, Extended Library Services, Teacher Consultants, Rooms of Twenty (reducing class size).
1967-Title I Summer Enrichment Programs at Boys Town, Uta Halle Girls Village, and Creche Child Care Center open.
1968-Individualized Study Center opened to serve high school students not able to function in a regular classroom.
-Summer Reading Program begins.
1969-The Primary Reading Program started to provide primary students extra help in reading.
-The School/Community Advisory Committee formed, consisting of parents, community agency representatives and school administrators.
1970-A Summer School Pre-Kindergarten Program and Summer School Post-Kindergarten Program are offered.
-Teacher Intern Program enacted
-Monthly parent newsletter, Title I Frontier, first published in November.
1973-Primary High Intensity Learning Centers (PRIMALINC) begins.
-Title I Parent Advisory Council formed.
1974-High Intensity Math Systems begins.
1977-Comprehensive Math Practice Program (CMPP) begins.
-Title I Summer School runs from 1977-80, features three-part program of reading, math, and activities involving both reading and math.
1978-Super Summer reading packets first mailed, forerunner to Summer Sizzler, Winter Sizzler, and Spring Sizzler. The packets contain reading and math activities in a newspaper format.
1979-The initial State Parent Involvement Conference, developed and hosted by the Omaha Title I Program, takes place at the Omaha Hilton Hotel. Approximately 400 persons attend.
1980-OPS/Title I program named "a demonstration effort-a model for others to follow" by the National Coalition of Title I Parents
1981-Realignment of funding schedules enacted by the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act changes name of program from "Title I" to "Chapter I". -Make/Take Workshops started, gathering parents together to make instructional games for home use.
1982-The Mastering Essentials of Reading Through Intensive Tutoring (MERIT) program begins. -Chapter I Talk Box, a free telephone service with three-minute messages about reading and math, starts. Approximately 4000 calls received each month.
1983-Language and Learning Program begins to help primary students build communication skills. -An Open House at the Chapter I Center at Cross Lutheran School unveils a new learning tool for the classroom- the computer.
1984-The Program Enhancement Plan begins.
1985-The Alternative Kindergarten Pilot Program begins. -Approximately 1000 persons attend the inaugural Parent Fair at Kellom Elementary. The "celebration of learning" offered workshops for parents, activities for children, and booths showcasing the various Chapter I programs.
1986-Mobile Learning Laboratories purchased to serve Chapter I students in nonpublic schools following a U.S. Supreme Court decision which halted the provision of services in classrooms in nonpublic schools.
1987-Chapter I Summer Pre-Kindergarten begins.
1988-Chapter I Pre-Kindergarten expands to a year-long program. One day each week is devoted to home visits, workshops, or field trips. -Chapter I mini projects, including the Parent/Child Pre-Kindergarten Program and Computer Assisted Reading, begin. -CMPP recognized as "outstanding in the nation" by the U.S. Secretary of Education. -Holiday food drive starts to benefit needy Title I families. -A Saturday Morning Adventure Program is piloted, with activities for parents and children including field trips and a book fair.
1989-MERIT recognized as "outstanding in the nation" by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
1990-PRIMALINC recognized as "outstanding in the nation" by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
1991-Primary Reading Program recognized as "outstanding in the nation" by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
1992-Mandates from the U.S. Department of Education and Nebraska State Department of Education change the framework of instructional practices by Chapter I. Extra help in reading and math is now available to all qualifying students in all Chapter I schools. This is called a "school-wide" program. Some staff are now cross-trained in both reading and math. -The number of nonpublic schools receiving services is now increased from 18 to 26. -The Chapter I Parent/Child Pre-Kindergarten Program is expanded.
1993-Fifteen mobile learning laboratories and computer assisted instruction help provide Chapter I services to nonpublic schools. -The Pre-Kindergarten program is expanded to 22 half-day classes at 14 schools. -More than 200 members of the Chapter I instructional staff participate in a Summer Seminar, the first event of its kind in OPS history, according to Chapter I Public Information Specialist Marian Warden. -A school-wide program is started at Wakonda Elementary.
1994-New emphasis is placed on helping students build thinking and problem-solving skills and then using them in reading and math. More in-class services are started. -Approximately 240 Chapter I staff members participate in a two-week, 30-hour Summer Seminar on computer technology.
1995-The Improving America's Schools Act changes Chapter I to Title I. New Title I school-wide activities are started at Miller Park Elementary and Sherman Elementary. -Title I funds are used to support Family Rooms for the first time. -A year-long series of six different workshops is developed to support families in helping students find success in learning. -Technology is incorporated into all Title I programs. -Services for neglected and delinquent youth are expanded to seven sites.
1996-Nine additional schools incorporate school-wide programs, bringing the total to 12 in OPS. -Title I and Head Start collaborate on the Houser Hunt Head Start program, funded by Title I. Sixty-eight children participate.
1997-School-wide activities started at 13 additional schools. -Parent Resource Center is opened at Spring Lake Elementary with Title I funding. -The U.S. Supreme court reverses its decision from 1986, saying Title I may provide services in religiously affiliated school. Mobile learning laboratories, "classrooms on wheels", are no longer needed. -The cd Leap Into Phonics, developed by Title I instructional support specialists and focusing on phonemic awareness, makes its debut.
1998-Leap Into Phonics software is now available to all OPS schools and also to the community at large through the Omaha Public Libraries.
2001- The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was an act passed by Congress. NCLB reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Act set in 1965. NCLB required states to develop assessments in basic skills. In order for schools to receive federal funding, including Title I funding, states had to give these assessments to all students at select grade levels.