Migrant Education--Basic State Formula Grants

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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ,Title I, Part C, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015- The The Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law on December 10, 2015, contains the major statutory provisions that apply to the Migrant Education Program. The new law supersedes the previous law.
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Department of Education's General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), Section 427 - Section 427 requires each applicant for funds (other than an individual person) to include in its application a description of the steps the applicant proposes to take to ensure equitable access to, and participation in, its federally assisted program for students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs.

  • Code of Federal Regulations (Part 200) - As required by the statute, the U.S. Department of Education issues a set of regulations implementing the programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. To provide maximum flexibility to grantees implementing the programs under Title I, the regulations in Section 200.81 address only those provisions for which rulemaking is absolutely necessary. The current regulations that apply to the Title I Migrant Education Program begin in Section 200.81.

    Please note that a number of the sections of the Title I, Part A regulations affect migrant children as members of the overall student population (e.g., adequate yearly progress, public school choice, supplemental services, parental involvement, etc.), however, the particular needs of migrant children are addressed in the schoolwide program regulations [Sections 200.26(i)200.29(c)(1)].

  • Federal Register Notice on Funding Formula

    In the Federal Register Notice dated April 2, 2004, the Department announced that the interpretation of the statutory formula for awarding FY 2003 MEP funds to all States, including DC and Puerto Rico (previously published on June 11, 2003) will continue to apply:

    • to the allocation of MEP funds in FY 2004, and
    • to succeeding fiscal years in which the amount of funds appropriated for the MEP does not exceed the amount appropriated in FY 2002.
  • Federal Register Notice to clarify and improve MEP eligibility and fiscal accountability requirements

    In the Federal Register Notice dated July 29, 2008, the Department announced new regulations that provide:

    • clear definitions of several terms used in the statutory definition of a migratory child that were previously defined only in non-regulatory guidance and thus open to inconsistent application across the States;
    • specific quality control procedures including periodic re-interviewing and the use of a standard, national certificate of eligibility to be used by all States to document the basis of their determinations of the eligibility of a migratory child; and
    • authority for ED to adjust SEAs’ FY 2006 and subsequent year MEP grant awards to reflect corrections based on State-reported estimates of the percentage of ineligible children included in the SEAs’ prior year statewide counts of migratory children.

  • National certificate of eligibility (COE) form and instructions to be used by all States to document the basis of their determinations of the eligibility of a migratory child.

    On May 16, 2017 the Office of Management and Budget extended its approval of the information collection requirements associated with the National COE form and corresponding instructions. SEAs and their sub grantees should replace all prior versions of the COE template and instructions with the currently approved documents.

    If you have any questions about the national COE requirements, please contact your MEP program officer.

  • Regulations on Standards and Assessments- The final regulations on standards and assessments require that assessment results be disaggregated within each State, LEA, and school by migrant status per 34 CFR 200.2(b)(10). They also require that a state include migratory students and other mobile students in its academic assessment system, even if those students are not included for accountability purposes per 34 CFR 200.6(c).
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Policy Guidance
  • Non-Regulatory Guidance for Title I, Part C, Education of Migratory Children (March 2017) -

    This document is designed to help SEAs and LOAs use MEP funds to develop and implement supplemental educational and support services to assist migratory children. The guidance in this document replaces all prior non-regulatory guidance for the MEP. This introduction, along with Chapter II: Child Eligibility, were revised to reflect considerations of changes to the program enacted in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). With the exception of replacing Chapter II, all other chapters remain unchanged from the non-regulatory guidance document that the Department published on October 23, 2003. Any future chapter revisions will be identified in the chapter title by the date of revision.

    This guidance does not impose requirements beyond those in the ESEA and other Federal statutes and regulations that apply to the MEP. It also does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. While States may wish to consider the guidance, they are free to develop their own approaches that are consistent with applicable Federal statutes and regulations. The guidance in this document is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive. This document is one of many resources for SEAs and LOAs to use as they determine how best to meet the needs of migratory children in a manner consistent with the requirements of the ESEA and the MEP regulations. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the authorizing statute, applicable regulations, and the Department’s guidance on other programs (such as Title I, Part A, and Title III) that are relevant to the MEP.

    States are responsible for making decisions about how best to implement and operate the MEP. It is critical that staff at the SEA and local levels realize that they should not continue practices simply because they are based on long-standing policy. Looking beyond what programs have done in the past to what they can do in the future to improve teaching and learning for all children is the biggest challenge of educational reform. SEAs and LOAs are encouraged to adopt new ideas and practices (particularly those grounded in research and evidence of success) to enable migratory children to succeed in school.

    View all of the Department of Education's major policy guidance on the policy guidance page.
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Flexibility Provisions
  • Several education laws give States, school districts, and entities greater flexibility in how they use federal program funds to support State and local school improvement efforts. Flexibility initiatives, such as transferability, State-Flex, Local-Flex, Ed-Flex, and waivers, provide administrators with the opportunity to adapt federal programs to better meet their needs.

Last Modified: 05/19/2017