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ERIC Number: ED002615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Apr
Pages: 53
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MIGRANT CHILDREN IN OREGON PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
PETRIE, RONALD G.
A PILOT PROGRAM FOR EDUCATING MIGRANT CHILDREN WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE OREGON LEGISLATURE TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF MIGRANT EDUCATION DURING THE REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR. A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS FORMULATED TO INTERVIEW MIGRANTS IN ORDER TO PICTURE PROBLEMS FACING LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. AN ANALYSIS WAS COMPUTED AND INFORMATION WAS DIVIDED INTO "ANGLO" AND "SPANISH-SPEAKING" CATEGORIES. MIGRANTS ATTENDED 81 SCHOOLS. APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD OF THE ELIGIBLE MIGRANTS ATTENDED SCHOOL AND ABOUT TWICE AS MANY WERE ANGLO AS SPANISH-SPEAKING. FINDINGS INDICATED SCHOOLS RECEIVED SUPPORT ON A PROPORTIONAL BASIS, MOST OF THE CHILDREN ARRIVED IN THE SPRING AND LEFT IN THE FALL, MOST WERE IN A LOWER GRADE THAN IS NORMAL FOR THEIR AGE, THERE WAS A SEVERE DROPOUT RATE AFTER THE FIFTH GRADE, CHILDREN NEEDED SPECIAL HELP IN LANGUAGE ARTS, ARITHMETIC, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, EXTRA TEACHERS HAD TO BE HIRED TO HANDLE THE INFLUX OF MIGRANTS, TRUANCY, BUT NOT DISCIPLINE, WAS A PROBLEM, AND A PRESCHOOL PROGRAM WAS NEEDED. EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO EDUCATION AND THEREFORE STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO OVERCOME THE EDUCATIONAL HANDICAPS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN. MANY MIGRANT CHILDREN WILL LEAVE THE MIGRANT STREAM BECAUSE OF MECHANIZATION IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE AND A DESIRE FOR SOMETHING BETTER IN LIFE. FOR MOST JOBS WHICH THEY ASPIRE TO PERFORM, SOME FORM OF EDUCATION WILL BE IMPERATIVE. AT PRESENT, THERE IS A LARGE GAP BETWEEN WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHAT IS BEING DONE FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN.
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Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
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