MMSD's Migrant Education Program (MEP) is housed in the Department of State and Federal Programs whose vision is to align local, state and federal resources in order to remove educational barriers and equitably support students, staff and families.
MEP works to provide support services for migrant students and their families, as well as to conduct identification and recruitment, data collection and records transfer as required by law.
The Migrant Education Program:
- supports high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves;
- ensures that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements and State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
- ensures that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
- ensures that migratory 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;
- designs programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, 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 postsecondary education or employment; and
- ensures that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.
(S. 117-92, Sec. 1301)