An apostille is an official certificate that is issued by the Secretary of State that certifies the transfer records (e.g., school transcripts, diplomas, and/or degrees) are valid. There are no transfer documents available for grades 10th -12th since they are not part of basic education; however, grades 10-12 do require an apostille.
In 1976, a group from California initiated efforts to work with Mexico on issues related to the education of students who migrate between California and Mexico. Thereafter, other border States became involved, giving birth to the Binational Migrant Education Program (BMEP). The program was initiated and supported by individual States that had a migrant student population that migrates regularly between Mexico and the United States.
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) assists students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies at an IHE. The funding supports completion of the first year of studies.
The Consortium for Quality and Consistency in Identification and Recruitment (ConQIR) was established to promote interstate and intrastate coordination among 12 Consortium States with the aim of quality assurance, reliability, and consistency in ID&R practices and activities. ConQIR is no longer active, but the website is still active so that individuals can have access to the resources it developed.
ESCORT, located at the State University of New York at Oneonta, is a national resource center dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for migrant children. ESCORT maintains the National Migrant Education Hotline and also conducts professional and program development activities to State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies and schools to help improve services to migrant children and other English Language Learners. ESCORT annually sponsors a National Identification & Recruitment Forum to provide training and networking opportunities for recruiters and others concerned with the identification of migrant children.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. (FJF), established in 1981, is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC that has been helping empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions, labor and immigration policy, health and safety, and access to justice. Using a multi-faceted approach, FJF engages in litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance and public education.
The Geneseo Migrant Center provides a variety of services and opportunities for migrant farmworkers and their families on a regional, statewide, and national basis to encourage and assist them in achieving their full potential.
The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997 as the only national foundation to raise funds exclusively for migrant farm worker individuals and families. The Foundation serves to support migrant farmworkers and their families with emergency aid; issue small grants to programs that assist migrant families; provide financial aid to migrant students attending college via the Paths To Scholarships Fund; heighten awareness of the plight of migrant farmworkers in the country; and coordinate with agencies assisting migrant families and their children with education, immunizations and medical needs, and social services.
High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
The HEP was created in 1967 to help migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers), who are 16 years of age or order and not currently enrolled in school, obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training. The program serves more than 7,000 students annually. Services to HEP participants include outreach to eligible individuals; educational and counseling services designed to help students obtain a GED certificate; placement services in a university, college, junior college, military service, or career position; weekly stipends; residential housing; and exposure to educational and cultural activities usually not available to migrant or seasonal farmworkers.
The Interstate Migrant Education Council (IMEC), is an independent organization whose mission is to advocate policies that ensure the highest quality education and other needed services for the nation’s migrant children. IMEC’s volunteer members work to enhance educational opportunities for migrant students by examining policy issues concerning coordination between public and private agencies, including all levels of government.
Sponsored by the Geneseo Migrant Center, the books listed in the Migrant Library serve as an introduction to migrant farmworker literature, both fiction and non-fiction. These resources may be useful inside the classroom, for research, or to increase understanding of the migrant experience in other areas.
The National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME) is the professional organization of state officials charged with the administrative responsibilities of using these monies effectively and productively to help all migrant children succeed in school. NASDME provides its members ongoing information about events and activities, and offers new members training, guidance and counsel. It prepares publications to inform a wider audience about Migrant Education. It represents the Migrant Education community in continuing dialogues with the Federal government. NASDME annually sponsors a National Migrant Education Conference to provide training, leadership, and networking opportunities for all persons concerned with the education of migrant children.
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population. NCFH is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas whose mission is "to improve the health status of farmworker families through appropriate application of human, technical, and information resources."
The Office of Migrant Education (OME) administers four grant programs that provide academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural, fishing, and timber industries. The programs are designed to help migrant children, who are uniquely affected by the combined effects of poverty, language and cultural barriers, and the migratory lifestyle, to meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards that are expected of all children. The Migrant Education Program is based on the premise that, with the right supportive services, migrant children can achieve at the same level as their peers.
The Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program consists of self-contained, semi-independent study courses which enable students to earn secondary-level academic credits. Participating students generally take these courses in order to make up courses, meet graduation requirements or cope with scheduling difficulties.
The Pew Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
The U.S. Department of Education launched a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The site provides approximately 11 million adults with low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training. The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy documented that as many as 11 million adults in the U.S. are not literate in English. Currently, local providers are able to serve only approximately one million of those learners annually, prompting the need for a Web site of this kind.