Migrant Education Program
Program DescriptionFunds support high quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.Funds also ensure that migratory children not only are provided with appropriate education services (including supportive services) that address their special needs but also that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.Federal funds are allocated by formula to SEAs, based on each state’s per pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children, age 3 through 21, residing within the state.
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/mep/index.html
All LEAs who hire migrant counselors, strategists, must ensure that as supplemental staff they are advocating for migrant students. The need to review transcripts, grades, and partial credits from receiving states is critical to ensure migrant students graduate with their cohort. When Texas students do not graduate in four years or do not return as a continuer, the student is a dropout. To be sure migrant students are on track to graduate the migrant staff needs to be in constant contact with the academic counselor at their high schools.
Communication with receiving states is the key to the success of the child. Before the student withdraws from school, it is recommended that the migrant counselor give the parent his/her contact information. In addition, providing the phone number of the Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP)is very important. If the student is lacking an assessment, TMIP may be able to assist the student. The phone number of TMIP is 1-800-292-7006.
Credit Options for Migrant Students
Schools may provide a variety of options to ensure students make up course work due to late enrollment or early withdrawal.
Examples of those programs are; PLATO, NOVA NET, E-2020, API, Migrant Lab , and the Portable Assisted Study Sequence(PASS) Program.
Portable Assisted Study Sequence Program(PASS) 1-800-245-5681
This program allows students to meet graduation requirements by granting credit for the completion of the supplemental self-directed learning packages.
The number of courses vary form state to state. All states offer English, social studies and mathematics.
Please see this link for contact information for each state listed below; http://migrant.net/pass/list-state.htm