Marion County Migrant Education Program
The Marion County Public Schools offer Migrant Education Services to eligible children residing in our district area. We provide educational, health and parenting services, serving all schools including St. Augustine Catholic School. The funds for the migrant education program are generated by the numbers of eligible children residing in our school district and/or enrolled in a school within our district. Our district will receive funding on all eligible children between the age of three (3) and twenty-one (inclusive) who have not achieved a high school diploma or GED and who have been entered into MSIX records system. For more information contact:
Marion County School District
214 North Harrison Street
Lebanon, Kentucky 40033
What is the Migrant Program?
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is authorized by Part C of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The MEP provides formula grants to State Educational Agencies (SEA) to establish and improve education programs for migratory children. These grants assist States in improving educational opportunities for migratory children to help them succeed in regular school, meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet, and graduate from high school.
Purpose of the Program
The general purpose of the MEP is to ensure that migratory children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this purpose, the MEP helps SEA and local operating agencies address the special educational needs of migratory children to better enable them to succeed academically. More specifically, the purposes of the MEP are to:
- Support high quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that resulted from repeated moves.
- Ensure 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.
- Ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner.
- Design programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school. To prepare them to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment.
Children qualify for the migrant program because of the lifestyle of their parents, i.e. moving across school district, county, or state borders or between the United States and Mexico or from other countries for the purpose of seeking temporary and/or seasonal employment in agriculture or commercial fishing activities. Children must move with their parents or move to join their parents within 365 days of the qualifying move of the parent(s). Children and youth may also qualify if they move without their parent(s) and are seeking temporary and/or seasonal employment in qualifying activities.