Indianapolis – The Indiana Department of Education is currently working on a better plan to help the states’ none residents get education and technology experience.
“The M.E.P. centers will administer the largest one-to-one technology initiative for migrant students in the entire United States,” according to a press release by the Indiana Department of Education.
The Migrant Education Program will work by creating seven regional centers where migrant workers’ children can go to receive educational materials and help.
The current migrant education program, last updated in 2011, had aimed at teaching migrant workers’ children English. This program came into existence under No Child Left Behind.
Many of the migrants speak Spanish. The word migrant does not refer to immigrants, who move to the U.S. legally.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz aims to serve all of the eligible migrant population with education.
"Through a renewed investment in infrastructure and staff, and new partnerships with business leaders and parent organizations, I am excited to announce the creation of seven new regional centers to provide additional supports to Hoosier students," said Ritz. "My department is committed to providing schools and communities with the resources they need to ensure that all children receive an equitable and high quality education.”
Two years ago, the Indiana Department of Education did not fully claim the federal grants available in order to ensure that educational opportunities for children of migrant families are met.
When Ritz came to the office she made sure that the Office of Migrant Education fully utilized all available money to ensure the most resources are afforded to migrant families possible.
She is doing this by having her department collaborate with experts and businesses in the community.
The centers will be hiring dedicated staff to support the agencies’ needs.
In addition, the centers will be hiring up and coming teachers and administrators who are eager to develop their careers.
The centers will be located in Alexandria, Berne, Columbus, Connersville, Jasper, South Bend, and West Lafayette.
The Migrant Education Program Regional Centers will help get resources and education to eligible migrant students. To find out what makes students eligible, please contact the department of education.
Students may receive their own iPads to keep.