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Mexico and the United States have reached agreements at the national, state, and local levels designed to improve the literacy and schooling of Mexican immigrants in the United States. National agreements include: (1) the Program for Mexican Communities Abroad, which links U.S. communities of Mexican origin to Mexico through programs administered by Mexican consulates, supplies Mexican textbooks to U.S. preschool and elementary schools, supports teacher exchanges, and produces a catalog of Mexican university courses relevant to U.S. bilingual teachers; (2) a memorandum of understanding between U.S. and Mexican Secretaries of Education, which promotes teacher exchanges, relevant educational research and innovation, help for migrant students, and intercultural understanding; and (3) the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, which covers a Fulbright teacher exchange program and nonacademic cultural exchanges. State and school district projects include the Binational Program, which facilitates the transfer of migrant students between U.S. and Mexican schools; efforts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve the education of Mexican-origin students; and Educacion Sin Fronteras, which adapts Mexican educational concepts to Mexican American adult education. Private agencies that have agreements with Mexico include One Stop Immigration, where immigrants may study English, Spanish, and courses from Mexican school curricula, and may earn a Mexican education certificate; and PROFMEX, which promotes communication between U.S. and Mexican researchers and faculty. Brief descriptions and contact information are provided for 13 selected programs. Contains 13 references. (SV)

Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Immigrants, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Mexican American Education, Mexicans, Migrant Education, Program Descriptions, Teacher Education, Teacher Exchange Programs

Autor: Miller, Robert


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