|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Emergency Immigrant Counts - February 9, 2001|
The Emergency Immigrant Education Program is funded under the Emergency Immigrant Education Act of 1984 as amended by the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382, enacted October 20, 1994). Funds will be allocated to school divisions based on the number of eligible children and youth enrolled in public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.
The definition of "immigrant children and youth" in accordance with Section 7501 (7) of the Improving America’s School Act means "individuals who are aged 3 through 21, were not born in any state, and have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than 3 full academic years."
Federal regulations require each school division to make a count of immigrant children. The established date for this count is February 9, 2001. To be eligible to receive funds under this grant, a school division must have at least 500 immigrant children enrolled, or at least 3 percent of the total number of students enrolled in elementary and secondary public and nonpublic schools served by the school division must be immigrant children. All school divisions are requested to return the attached Emergency Immigrant Program Form, even if they do not meet the criteria for the grant funds.
Please fax the completed form to Terry Franson, ESL specialist, at (804) 786-5466 by February 16, 2001, to enable us to meet the federal due date of March 16, 2001.