Migrant Education Program
The Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) enrolls approximately 21,124 eligible migratory students out of a total Texas public school enrollment of approximately 5,400,000 students. The state’s migrant program is administered at the local level through local educational agencies (LEAs) and educational service centers (ESCs). Texas migratory students and their families migrate annually to 36 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 58%, resides in the Rio Grande Valley. This region of the state includes approximately 13,000 migratory students. A large concentrations of migratory families also reside in San Felipe-Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, and Hereford.
The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migratory students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle. These efforts are aimed at helping migratory students succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or employment.
The Office of Migrant Education Results Website (outside source)includes the latest updates and resources to administer the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program.