MEP Policy Guidance

MEP Policy Guidance document

This document is designed to help State education agencies (SEAs) and local operating agencies use MEP funds to develop and implement supplemental educational and support services to assist migratory children. The guidance in this document replaces all prior non-regulatory guidance for the MEP. This introduction, along with Chapter II: Child Eligibility, were revised recently to reflect the 2008 program regulations and Department policy. With the exception of replacing existing references to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with references to the ESEA, which the NCLB reauthorized, all other chapters remain unchanged from the non-regulatory guidance document that the Department published on October 23, 2003. Any future chapter revisions will be identified in the chapter title by the date of revision.

This guidance does not impose requirements beyond those in the ESEA and other Federal statutes and regulations that apply to the MEP. It also does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. While States may wish to consider the guidance, they are free to develop their own approaches that are consistent with applicable Federal statutes and regulations. The guidance in this document is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive. This document is one of many resources for SEAs and local operating agencies to use as they determine how best to meet the needs of migratory students in a manner consistent with the requirements of the ESEA and the MEP regulations. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the authorizing statute, applicable regulations, and the Department’s guidance on other programs (such as Title I, Part A, and Title III) that are relevant to the MEP.