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WATCH: America's Migrant Education Program

Jul 23, 2019

It was journalist Edward R. Murrow’s groundbreaking documentary, Harvest of Shame, that was credited for opening America’s eyes in 1960 to the state of migrant workers and their children. The film provided an up-close look at not only the poverty endured by the workers and their families, but also the severe lack of resources available to them. According to the advocacy group Migrant Legal Action Program, the film propelled the federal government to act by providing support for migrant students. It was 1966 when the Migrant Education Program was created. It currently serves more than 300,000 three-to-21-year-olds in the US. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the impact of this program and if its yielding positive results in the Rochester region.