The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program , authorized under the Elementary and secondary Education Act of 1966 (ESEA) , as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The Purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to:
- Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services during the school year and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods that address the unique educational needs of migratory children.
- 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 challenging State academic standards.
- Ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
- Help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation , various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to succeed in school.