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A partnership with the United States Department of Education

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965. This act’s foundational principle of providing educational opportunities to our most disadvantaged youth has remained strong. ESEA encompasses numerous programs across 10 titles, totaling approximately $22 billion annually. Wisconsin's funding under ESEA amounts to approximately $300 million annually, consisting of 20 different programs.  

ESEA provides us with a tremendous opportunity to ensure our promise for the success of every child. The DPI supports the basic principles of accountability, teacher quality, and research-based education under ESEA and is committed to complying with all of the provisions of the Act.

Wisconsin’s local education agencies (LEAs) access funding under ESEA through entitlements, state competitive grants, and direct access from the U.S. Department of Education. Entitlements are allocated to LEAs based on a formula that takes into account pupil populations and poverty rates.


  • Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs)
  • Title I, Part C (Education of Migratory Children)
  • Title I, Part D (Subpart 2–Neglected and Delinquent)
  • Title II, Part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
  • Title II, Part B (Mathematics and Science Partnerships)
  • Title III, Part A (Subpart 1–English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement)
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Special Education and Rehabilitative Services)

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