The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolations, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle in order to succeed in school, and to successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment. Students are eligible if: within the last three years you and /or your children have moved from one school district to another in Texas (or out of state) in order to seek/obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing related activities, such as:
- Agriculture Farms, Ranches, Fields
- Food Warehouses, Processing Plants, or Canneries
- Poultry Farms
- Fishing / Shrimping and Fish farms
- Slaughter houses
- Cultivating / Harvesting Trees
- Other Agricultural related work
Services for identified migrant children include tutorials, school supplies and other opportunities throughout the year.
In analyzing eligibility criteria, it helps to proceed with the understanding that all criteria must be met in order to identify and recruit a child as legally eligible for the Migrant Education Program. Eligibility criteria for migratory children can be described using five basic elements: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY, and WHERE.
Who? A child who is, or whose parent, spouse, or guardian, is a migratory agricultural worker, or migratory fisher;
What? Has moved;
When? Within the preceding 36 months;
Why? In order to obtain, or accompany such parent, spouse, or guardian in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work that serves as a principal means of livelihood for the worker and his or her family;
Where? From one school district to another; or, in a state that is comprised of a single school district, has moved from one school administrative area to another within such district.