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%, resides 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. Large concentrations of migrant families also reside in San Felipe-Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Hereford, and Houston.
The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migrant 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 migrant students succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment.
Statute (outside source)
Migrant Education Policy Guidance
Texas Migrant State Parent Advisory Council