The Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) enrolls approximately 31,000 eligible migrant students out of a total Texas public school enrollment of approximately five million students.
The state’s migrant program is the fourth largest in the country and is administered at the local level through local educational agencies (LEAs) and educational service centers (ESCs).
Texas migrant students and their families migrate annually to 48 other states in the country, making Texas home to the largest interstate migrant student population in the United States.
Texas also welcomes workers to the state to perform temporary and seasonal work in its agriculture and fishing industries.
The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle. These efforts are aimed at helping migrant students succeed in school and successfully transition to post-secondary education and/or employment.