Native American Education Program Overview
NAEP is funded by the federal Title VII Indian Education Program, Johnson O’Malley funds, and the district’s Dropout Prevention Program. Its purpose is to encourage Native students to stay in school, graduate and succeed in their college and career endeavors.
Through our Native Advisors and our Specialist, we provide referral services, connect with students and their parents, and otherwise provide support to the 700 or so Natives attending our schools.
We partner with several programs, including the many services offered by the Native American Community Center (NACSC), the Maricopa Community Colleges (HOL, ACE), and those within the district itself.
Native Advisors regularly check student progress, monitor attendance and disciplinary referrals, call parents when issues arise, share information with students and parents, assist school staff with understanding cultural issues, and promote cultural and academic enrichment through sponsorship of events.
We encourage the participation of all Native students and their families in our activities.
Title VII Johnson O’Malley Funding
Johnson O’Malley (JOM) funds provide programs to meet the special educational needs of eligible JOM children and to make available program funding for allowable administrative and Indian Education Committee costs.
Title VII of the Indian Education Act supports the efforts of school districts, Indian tribes and organizations to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian students so that they can meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards as all other students.
Both program are governed by a set of by-laws established by parent committees. In our district, the Indian Education Committee (JOM) and the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) are combined. More specifically, JOM is advised by a subcommittee of the PAC.
While supported in the main by the district’s general education funds, approximately $19,000 is provided by Johnson O’Malley funds, and approximately $129,000 comes from Title VII annually.
The PAC has a wide area of advisory capability, including program planning, curriculum, and evaluation. However, the PAC’s responsibility does not extend into the realm of the school district. Therefore, it remains advisory.