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April 2007 Inaugural Newletter

Welcome to the 1st installment of the FL Recruiter. In this issue:

1. Training Update

2. Reminders

3. Policy Updates

4. Announcements

5. Question of the Month


 

1. Training Update

As you may be aware, between April 10 and April 19, the ID&R Office conducted 5 training sessions at different locations throughout the state. Approximately 200 individuals attended the sessions, and our office is in the process of reviewing the data obtained from the ID&R Self Assessments, the Quality Control Survey, and the Session Evaluations. This data will be extremely helpful in identifying current needs and ideas for future training. We appreciate the time and effort put forth by those who completed these forms during the training, and we will share the responses in the May issue of The FL Recruiter. As promised, enclosed find the attachment for the S.T.A.M.P. presentation, as well as a draft eligibility flowchart using the same language. All training participants received copies of the session on Quality Control and the Code of Ethics draft, among other documents.


 

2. Reminders

At the training sessions, participants were provided with draft versions of the Recruiter Code of Ethics and the ID&R Guide's Table of Contents. Please send your comments and suggestions to our office. We want to make sure these documents are useful and relevant, and that every individual who completes or reviews COEs in the state had an opportunity to provide feedback.


 

3. Policy Updates

Enclosed are the policy determinations discussed during the training. These are issues that districts should start implementing as quickly as possible. Please contact our office for any situations or eligibility determinations that may need further clarification. Recruiters should make every effort to obtain the necessary information during the interview and the completion of the COE. For instance, the following policy was discussed:

The Florida MEP will consider a 16 year old an emancipated youth for purposes of eligibility and COE completion. Any one younger than 16 years old will need an older guardian, relative or sibling signing the COE.

If a 14 or 15 year old traveling on his/her own is identified, the recruiter should make every effort to obtain a signature by a guardian or any other individual standing in the place of the parent (crew leader, uncle, older sibling, etc.) in the COE. If the recruiter decides instead to contact our office for official clarification or further instructions (which is an option), there is the risk that the migrant child or youth may have moved by the time a response is received. Therefore, it will be for the benefit of the program to obtain a guardian's signature during the interview. Again, if there is any question, please contact the ID&R Office.


 

4. Announcements

2007 National Migrant Education Conference - April 28-May 2, 2007

If you are attending the national conference next week, please remember to attend the reception on Tuesday night where next year's conference location and dates will be announced. If possible, wear some Florida pride (Gators, Seminoles, Marlins, Magic, Lighting, etc.) since Florida is one of the front runners for hosting the 2008 National Conference. Florida MEP Forum - September 24-27, 2007 - Please save the last week of September for this year's state conference. Information regarding the location is forthcoming.


 

5. Question of the Month

"Is working in a tropical fish farm a qualifying activity? Can it be considered "livestock"? The family moves across school district lines, the children are still in school, and they perform activities similar to other fish farms that raise catfish.

According to the 2003 Non-Regulatory Draft Guidance provided by the Office of Migrant Education (Chapter II, question I-4), livestock is "any domestic animal produced or kept primarily for breeding or slaughter purposes, including beef and dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and horses. For purposes of the MEP, livestock does not include animals that are raised for sport, recreation, research or pets."

Based on this guidance, the FL-MEP has determined that working on a tropical fish farm is not eligible for the program. The reason for this determination is that tropical fish, along with race horses, are raised to be pets, for sport or entertainment.


 

Florida ID&R Office 10006 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Suite 102, Tampa, FL 33618 866.963.6677 fl-idr-office@escmail.org

The information provided in the FL Recruiter is only applicable to individuals employed through the Florida Migrant Education Program. The Florida MEP is not responsible for the misuse of information provided in this correspondence.

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