Educators Gather at McAllen Convention Center to Improve Migrant Student Issues

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POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:35am

MCALLEN - Educators across the country came together at the McAllen Convention Center to further improve the problems that surround migrant students.

The Texas Migrant Interstate Program helps students that spend part of the year going to school in Texas and the remainder of the year going to school out of state.

Those participating in the event said migrant students face a number of obstacles such as school calendar differences, course credit acceptance, and state testing requirements.

"We have a high drop out rate among the migrant students because of that fact that they leave early and come back late. So they miss a lot of school," said Tomas Yanez, Texas Migrant Interstate Program Director.

Educators also focused on making a smooth transition in state testing from the TAKS test to the STAAR test among migrant students.

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