The majority of migrant families move together seeking employment in a very uncertain economy affected by supply and demand, climate and other economic and cultural changes. The patterns of migration are well established from home base states in California, Texas or Florida. However, in the process of moving, the children’s schooling suffers the consequences of interruption; thus, presenting enormous and difficult challenges for students to benefit and have full access to the base curriculum, school services and maintenance of successful continuity in education. The secondary students experience not only interruption in curriculum, school services and extra-curricular activities, but also in accruing credits toward high school graduation. The circumstances of the migrant students and their families is not only a local concern but a national concern as they move to new schools, new teachers, different curriculum and textbooks with attempts to create new friends in a new community. It is well understood that mobility contributes to the interruption of the migrant child’s education and this creates unique needs that Migrant Education attempts to meet (U.S. Department of Education).
Identification of Migrant Students
Identification and Recruitment (I&R) is the first step of Migrant Education Program Services at participating school districts. To qualify for Migrant Education Services, a migrant child must have moved within the past three years across state or school district boundaries with a migrant parent or guardian, or member of the child’s immediate family, to seek/obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural, fishing or food processing activity. The child may be in any grade between preschool and twelfth grade and must not be older than 21 (California Handbook for Identification and Recruitment Manual).
- Over 27,000 migrant students have been identified and recruited by the Region and the Districts.
- Summer I & R Mobile team, RIF Team, Regional Recruiter Team made up six summer teams.
- Migrant families in Region V were provided a Travel Document Folder, in serviced on how and what records to transfer, and written information on transferring of records from school to school, state to state.
- Download the MEP Federal Guidance 2003.
- Download the Individual Learning Plan.
- Download the Important Documents/Papers for families.
- Download the Steps for Using The Family Travel Documentation Folder.
- Download the Updates/Corrections 2007 & 2008.