Mission of Migrant Program

Mission of Migrant Program

Migrant Education Harvest of Hope

Mission of the Texas MEP

Because issues of mobility, language and poverty affect the migratory student's opportunities to receive excellence and equity in the classroom, the MEP strives to provide an educational experience which can help children reduce the educational disruptions, and other problems that can result form repeated moves. The MEP, for this reason, is committed to a world class educational program which views cultural and language diversity as a positive element in today's global village. Indeed, Texas migrant children deserve the same opportunities to reach the same challenging state performance standards that all children are expected to meet. Section 1301 of Title I, Part C, of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382) specifically states that the purpose of these funds is to assist states to:

  • support high quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves
  • ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner
  • ensure that migratory children have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State content standards and challenging State student performance standards that all children are expected to meet
  • design programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruptions, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to post secondary education or employment
  • ensure that migratory children benefit from State and local systematic reforms

The Texas MEP is 100 percent federally funded. Under this mandate, the federal funds that Texas receives are distributed to the school districts based on a formula program. This formula is required by law to include "need based" components. Approximately 320 school districts and fiscal cooperative arrangements are currently receiving these funds to operate migrant programs.