Pasadena School Board Approves Updated Migrant Education Policy

New rules reflect changes in Federal ‘Every Student Succeeds’ Act

Published : Friday, August 2, 2019 | 4:37 AM

Pasadena Board of Education President Larry Torres during Thursday night's Pasadena Unified School District Board meeting, August 1, 2019. Screengrab courtesy Pasadena Media

Given a statewide rise in migrant students amidst a drop in overall District enrollment, the Pasadena Unified School District Thursday approved an update to its Migrant Education Policy.

A new section will require any district receiving federal migrant education funding to conduct summer school programs for eligible migrant students.

According to a Pasadena Unified staff report, the policy was updated in January to include priorities for migrant education services, as amended by the federal “Every Student Succeeds” Act, along with providing services to private school students.

Approved without Board discussion, as part of the meeting’s Consent Calendar, the updated policy encourages the PUSD superintendent to annually report to the board regarding the performance of migrant students, as well to provide a definition of “migrant student,” said the report.

The policy’s new section on “Applicability of Graduation Requirements” reflects AB 2121, as well. AB 2121 extends the requirements to migratory students, and to students participating in an English language proficiency program for newly arrived immigrant students in their third or fourth year of high school.

Most districts in California that provide migrant education services operate with service agreements with regional service centers, according to the report. The district submits a service application to the regional center, which then submits a regional application to the California Department of Education (CDE). The CDE will review whether the district is fulfilling the major legal requirements for implementation of the program, as monitored by the Federal government.

With a goal of providing a migrant student program that helps mitigate educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, health-related problems, and other factors that may inhibit their ability to succeed in school, “the district shall make use of available funds to provide supplementary services for migrant students,” said the report.

Along with the updated policies, the Superintendent will report to the School Board on migrant student performance on core academic subjects and English language development, for students enrolled in the program.

As part of expanding the availability of the program services, the district will also provide services to eligible private school students residing within the district equally with participating public school students.

The Superintendent will then ensure that each migrant student is placed at the appropriate grade level upon enrollment and is provided services in accordance with individual needs assessment and learning plan, the report said.

A student who ceases to be a migrant student during a school term will still be eligible for services until the end of the term. In addition, a student who is no longer migratory may continue to receive services for one additional school year, if comparable services are not available through other programs, according to the updated policy.

Students who were eligible for services in secondary school may continue to be served through credit accrual programs until graduation.

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