ERIC Number: ED393638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Genesis of the Migrant Binational Program.
Dorn, Arlene R.
Through a personal narrative, this chapter describes the history of the Gomez Farias-Pajaro Valley Project, which was renamed Project MEDIR and is now known as the Binational Program. The Binational Program is administered by the Migrant Education Programs in 10 U.S. states and all 31 Mexican states and the federal district of Mexico City. This chapter is based on the chronological journals of Arlene Dorn, an elementary teacher who served as catalyst for the project's development. In 1976, Dorn took a sabbatical from Pajaro Valley Unified School District (California) to study in Mexico. At the time, approximately 20,000 Mexican students traveled between Mexico and California each year as their families pursued work as agricultural laborers. These students were never in Mexico in September at the start of the school year and therefore, were denied enrollment in Mexican schools when they returned to their hometowns in November. Dorn visited Gomez Farias, the hometown of many of her district's students; found administrators and teachers, there and in Mexico City, who were sympathetic to the plight of the international migrant students; arranged lines of communication between Mexican and California administrators; helped to develop the process of communicating students' academic records between schools in California and Mexico; and located private foundation funding to expand the program. In 1984, the project was institutionalized within the California Migrant Education Program. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: California; Mexico
Note: Chapter 9 in: Children of La Frontera: Binational Efforts To Serve Mexican Migrant and Immigrant Students; see RC 020 526.