PSJA Migrant Department
The mission of the migrant program is to provide support services / programs for eligible migratory children and parents to help overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation and other challenges associated with their migratory lifestyle. The PSJA Migrant program currently serves 2,300 students and also provides support services for their respective legal guardians.
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment.
Migrant funds support high quality educational 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. 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 educational agencies (SEAs), based on each state's per pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children, ages 3 through 21, residing within the state.
Education of Migratory Children:
The Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) enrolls approximately 45,000 eligible migrant students out of a total Texas public school enrollment of approximately five million students. The state’s migrant program is the second largest in the country and is administered at the local level through local educational agencies (LEAs) and educational service centers (ESCs). Texas migrant students and their families migrate annually to 48 other states in the country, making Texas home to the largest interstate migrant student population in the United States. Texas also welcomes workers to the state to perform temporary and seasonal work in its agriculture and fishing industries. The largest concentration of Texas migrant families, approximately 56%, reside in the Rio Grande Valley. This region of the state, with approximately 30,000 migrant students, is larger than the number of migrant students in over 40 state MEPs.