ERIC Number: ED121540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-5
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Statement of the National Education Association on Migrant Education Before the Subcommittee on Agricultural Labor of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Fuentes, Roy O.
Migrant farmworkers suffer from low wages, seasonal work, unemployment, limited coverage under labor legislation, health and housing needs, low skill levels, and undereducation. These are further complicated by their high mobility and, in many instances, by language and cultural differences. Prior to 1962, no significant legislation or programs existed for improving the conditions of migrant farmworkers or for providing opportunities to them and their families. Since 1962, migrant education programs have achieved significant development toward resolving these problems (i.e., Migrant Student Record Transfer System; coordination and cooperation between states in the three major migrant streams; interagency efforts to deal cooperatively with migrant education programs; and development of such programs as Florida's Learn and Earn and the High School Equivalency Program). However, migrant programs, like their clientele, have always had to fight for survival. Therefore, rather than allow program deterioration by indifference or elimination of programs by administrative fiat, Congress must re-examine policies and procedures which may unintentionally be impeding progress toward improving the migrant's conditions. The National Education Association is willing to work with Congress and other interested groups to determine the necessary adjustments required in legislation and policy that will insure full participation of migrant farmworkers in our system. (NQ)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.