What is the Migrant Program?
The Migrant Education Program is a national program that annually provides supplemental education and support services to approximately 500,000 eligible migrant children nation wide to help them overcome educational disruptions and disadvantages which result from their mobile lifestyle. The Migrant Education Program grew out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965 as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was signed in to law on January 8 2002, contains the major statutory provisions that apply to the Migrant Educational Program, The new law supersedes the previous law.
The purpose of the Migrant Education Program as identified by Federal law is to address the special educational needs of migratory children in a coordinated, integrated, and efficient way through high-quality and comprehensive programs in order to overcome barriers in education caused by interrupted schooling. Priority for services are given to migratory students who are failing or most at risk of failing to meet the State's student academic achievement standards, and whose regular school year education has been interrupted.
Public law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title I - Part C, Education of Migratory Children, requires each state that receives assistance to: ensure that the State and its local operating agencies identify and address the special educational needs of migratory children in accordance with a comprehensive State plan that...provides that migratory children will have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic content standards and challenging State student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet. [Sec. 1306(a)(1)(C)]
The mission of the Rio Hondo Independent School District Migrant Education Program is to ensure migrant students will reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma or complete a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) while prioritizing academic needs. Partnerships between the school, home, and the community will empower migrant students to pursue higher educational opportunities and become responsible citizens in a demanding global society.
Seven Areas of Focus
The Migrant Education Program actively seeks to identify and recruit all eligible migratory children and youth residing in the state. Identification is essential in order to offer migrant students opportunities to learn and succeed in school.
New Generation System
This system is used to encode all educational and health data from an identified migrant child and for transferring student information not only within the state, but also to the 46 receiving states that also serve Texas migrant children.
Migrant Services Coordination
This area of focus is required at all grade levels and seeks to ensure that migrant students and their families have their needs for educational and support services met, and are able to access all services for which they are eligible from entry in the Migrant Education Program’s early childhood program for three-year-olds through transition into post secondary education or employment.
Parent Advisory Councils empower parents to be advocates and to take advantage of all available resources for the education of their children. A local advisory committee is established for each regular school year on each campus for planning, implementation, and evaluation of the local Migrant Education Program, with meaningful consultation and involvement of the parents of the children to be served.
Early Childhood Education
The emphasis placed on Early Education for three and four-year-olds enhances performance opportunities for young migratory students. The Migrant Education Program provides models for home-based education directly involving parents and school-based early childhood programs which coordinate with other available services such as the “Bright Beginnings” program.
Secondary Credit Accrual
As secondary education students move from school to school, documentation of courses taken and recommended becomes significant in their educational development. Districts are also responsible for partial and complete credits awarded by schools.
The Migrant Education Program promotes the transition to post secondary education through the promotion of student leadership academies, the development of college entrance exam programs, state assessment performance improvement strategies, correspondence courses, admissions counseling, and coordination of activities which ensure that all migrant students are processed for post secondary opportunities.