EDUCATION : School Districts : Classes for Migrants Will Be Added to Summer Program

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will add a migrant education program to its summer-school curriculum. Board of Education members made the decision at a recent meeting based on a student survey last fall.

The survey identified 176 students as members of migrant families. Districts with migrant students are eligible for supplemental grant funding.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education will contribute $45,000 to help get the program started. When a more complete student survey is finished, district officials expect the number of migrant children identified to more than triple.

Migrant children are defined as those whose families have moved recently as a result of their parents' work in the agriculture or fishing industries. Migrant children often have trouble in school because their families move frequently.

The summer-session classes will be open to elementary students only, although the district will consider expanding the program in future years.

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