Legislation and Policy Guidelines

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is authorized by Title I, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended. There are several legislative, regulatory, and policy documents that apply to the operation of the MEP.

Please note that a number of the sections of the Title I, Part A regulations affect migrant children as members of the overall student population (e.g., adequate yearly progress, supplemental services, parental involvement, etc.).

It is the State’s responsibility to make decisions about how best to operate the MEP because the MEP is a State-administered program. As such, the specific needs of migrant children in each State may vary. For this reason, many States have developed State-specific guidance related to the unique needs of migrant children in their State. It is important for Local Operating Agencies (LOAs) to review State MEP Guidance in addition to this Federal MEP policy document in order to understand how the MEP is implemented in their State.

Public Law 107-110; No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Code of Federal Regulations - Migrant Education Program

National Certificate of Eligibility

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

OMB Circular A-87

OMB Circular A-133

A-133 Compliance Supplement to Audits

MEP Policy Guidance

MEP Policy Q&As

Technical Assistance Guide on Re-interviewing