Section 1304(b)(3) requires State Education Agencies (SEA)s to use Migrant Education Program funds to promote interstate and intrastate coordination of services to migrant children. This effort must include, but is not limited to, providing educational continuity through the timely transfer of pertinent school records, including health information. Interstate and intrastate coordination helps reduce the effects of educational disruption that migrant children incur as a result of repeated moves.
Interstate coordination refers to collaborative activities undertaken by two or more States to improve the education of migrant children in those States. Ideally, this term refers to the collaborative activities that two or more States assume to improve the education of migrant children who move between those States.
Intrastate coordination refers to efforts involving two or more local operating agencies within a State to improve educational services to migrant children in that State. The SEA may facilitate these efforts among local operating agencies or the local operating agencies may conduct them directly.
Migrant Education Program Consortia
Interstate Migrant Education Council (IMEC)
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.
The priority of Innovative Educational Technologies (InET) is to expand access to innovative educational technologies to increase the academic achievement of eligible migrant students whose education is disrupted due to frequent moves across state and international borders to support educational continuity and achievement for eligible binational migrant students who travel between the U.S. and Mexico.
LEARN-2-Succeed is a Migrant Education Program Consortium Incentive Grant with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education. Sixteen states participate in the LEARN Consortium including Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah (Lead State), Vermont, and Virginia. The focus of the consortium is to provide teachers with tools for quickly assessing and providing supplemental research-based literacy lessons to students in grades K-12 to improve their foundational literacy skills. Lessons address reading, writing, and study skills and are designed specifically for highly mobile students who are often English language learners.
GOSOSY is a Consortium Incentive Grant funded by the Office of Migrant Education (OME) at the United States Department of Education (USDE) to build capacity in states with a growing secondary-aged migrant out-of-school youth population.