Farmworkers feed us. They quickly harvest crops before they spoil and when the work is done they move on. For their kids the next harvest means moving to a new school. But there’s a system in place to support them . . .

 
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Wyoming Public Radio's education reporter Tennessee Watson takes a look at The Migrant Education Program and the support it's offered for the last 50 years, to kids whose parents move to do seasonal labor in agriculture and fisheries.  

 

“I never start school, or end school in the same place." 

— Angel, honor roll student, basketball player, migrant

 
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This project began when Watson reported that Wyoming had canceled its Migrant Education Program. That made her curious about the status of this program in other states. She traveled to Maine and North Dakota to find out how those states support migrant students. Hear stories from the road. 

Migrant students face certain challenges navigating an education system that’s designed for students who stay put. What does it take to graduate? What drives migrant students to push through? In collaboration with Student Action with Farmworkers migrant students who’ve gone on to college reflected on their resiliency.  Listen to their experiences. 

 

Migrant students . . . 

Are children whose parents migrate for seasonal work in agriculture and fisheries. 

Have an estimated graduation rate of 70%. That's up from a predicted 10% in the 1960s before the Migrant Education Program began.

Come from families that are among the country’s lowest annual earners according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 
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This project was supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.