Immigrant Children and Youth

Title III, Part A, Immigrant Children and Youth Grant
Section 3113(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title III, Part A, Immigrant Children and Youth is a source of funding to supplement the resources of local school districts in providing quality education to eligible immigrant students. Its purpose is to provide enhanced instructional opportunities to help meet the needs of immigrant children and youth.
Each year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) reserves 3 percent of the total state Title III award for districts and charter schools welcoming increased numbers of immigrants children and youth. We collect the number of immigrant children and youth as defined by Section 3301(6) of Title III (see the SSDC Immigrant Grant User Guide for more details) annually. We use this information to determine each local educational agency's (LEA) eligibility and allocation for the Title III, Part A Immigrant Education program. We report the school level immigrant count to the U.S. Department of Education for immigrant grant verification.
Districts and charter schools are asked to complete data submissions by June 15 of each year to be considered for the grant. Data can be submitted throughout the year but must be finalized for submission by June 15. We are anticipating upgrades to the SSDC system prior to June that will allow LEAs to submit their counts by uploading a spreadsheet. The SSDC Immigrant Grant Identification User Guide outlines details on using the SSDC system to include eligible students in the count. For more information, contact Michael Bowlus, 651-582-8254.
Important Information to Safeguard the Civil Rights of All Students and Families in Collecting Information to Determine Eligibility for the Immigrant Children and Youth
Can school and district staff ask about a student or family’s immigration statusNo
For purposes of determining if students meet the immigrant children and youth under Title III, district and charter school staff should only request information about a student’s date of birth, place of birth, and prior school enrollment. The LEA should note in writing that providing the information is not required and that the requested information will only be used to determine whether the child may be eligible for programs offered in the district that provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth. The LEA should determine whether a student meets the first two criteria of the definition of immigrant child or youth (confirming age and birth outside the United States). Only after these criteria have been confirmed should the LEA then ask questions to determine the total cumulative number of months that the student has attended schools in the United States.
In collecting such information, LEAs should pose the same question of all students and ensure that the information is not used to discriminate against students in any way. LEAs should regularly evaluate school and district processes to ensure that questions used and any documents collected will not have a chilling effect on enrollment.