The term "migratory child" means a child who is, or whose parent or spouse is, a migratory agricultural worker, including a migratory dairy worker, or migratory fisher, and who, in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain, or accompany such parent or spouse, in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work Section 1309 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Migrant Education Program funds 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. Migrant Education Program 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 State Education Agencies (SEA), 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.
Collaboration and Coordination to Achieve Results for Migrant Education
Migrant Education Program
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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance: Migrant Education Basic State Formula Grants
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