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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 17
POLICY CODE:  IHB


TO:         All Superintendents of Schools

FROM:     Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:      August 23, 2006

RE:          RECRUITMENT OF MIGRANT ELIGIBLE CHILDREN


LOCATING MIGRANT CHILDREN

The Maine Migrant Education Program (MEP) is asking each school unit’s assistance in locating migrant families and their children who are residing in Maine.  Basically, this means the family moved, or changed their residence, with their children to seek seasonal, temporary work in agriculture or fishing within the past 36 months and this work was important to their livelihood.  Eligible migrant children are those who are younger than 22 and have not graduated from high school or do not hold a high school equivalency certificate.  A child is eligible for migrant services for a three year period after a qualifying move.

(For more information, see NCLB, Title I, Part C, Education of Migratory Children DRAFT Non-Regulatory Guidance, October 23, 2003.)

The task of finding eligible migrant families and children is the responsibility of the Migrant Education Program and participating school units. To assist in the process of locating eligible children, I am asking that each school distribute the enclosed parent/student survey.  Also, please add this form to your school’s new student registration packet.  All completed forms should be mailed or faxed to:

NCLB Clearinghouse
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Attn: Title IC Migrant Education Program
Fax: 207-624-6706

A staff member at the MEP office will conduct a follow up interview with the family to determine their child(ren)’s eligibility for migrant services and a Certificate of Eligibility form will be completed for eligible children.
School units will be notified of migrant eligible children residing in their areas, and of the school unit’s eligibility for Title IC funding.  I appreciate your attention in helping us locate Maine’s migrant children so we may devote available resources to support their academic achievement.

Please contact Juliana Bean at 624-6723 or by e-mail juliana.bean@maine.gov for further questions concerning the Migrant Education Program.

MIGRANT CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

This is a reminder that an amendment to P.L. 108-265, which authorizes and amends the School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act, includes a provision that makes migrant children automatically eligible for free lunches and breakfasts.  Please contact Elizabeth Harris at the Office of Migrant Education for documentation of students’ migrant eligibility.  She can be reached at 207-624-6722 or by e-mail at elizabeth.j.harris@maine.gov.

cc:       NCLB Coordinator

Enclosure: Parent/student survey

(Revised 8/22/06--If you previously completed this survey prior to revision date, you will need to resubmit a corrected copy.)