On December 4, 2018, JNCL-NCLIS submitted the following letter to the Department of Homeland Security via USCIS expressing our disapproval with the current administration’s proposed rule. The proposal can be found here. The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) represents a diverse network of over 130 organizations, companies and research institutes encompassing all areas of.. read more →

Last Monday, the California General Assembly opened its long-anticipated pre-filing period, allowing politicians to draw their battle lines around arguably the most economically consequential issue this session: the fate of Dynamex and the “ABC test.” read more →

Members of Congress rushed home this week, many hitting the campaign trail with only a few weeks before the November 6th midterm elections. All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for grabs, and voters will be paying attention: NBC News reports that that over 25 million people have registered to vote for.. read more →

On Wednesday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill that would create incentives for colleges and universities to operate teacher preparation programs tailored to serve English-language learners. The Reaching English Language Learners Act would create grants for higher education institutions under Title II of the Higher Education Act. Those grants would be used to produce teachers qualified.. read more →

Late Wednesday night, the White House abruptly released a statement to Senators encouraging the elimination of 28 education programs, totaling around $6 billion, calling them “unnecessary,” “duplicative, narrowly-focused” and “unable to demonstrate effectiveness.” Although the education programs cited were not named in the 7-page statement, they were also not included in the President’s FY19 Budget proposal.. read more →

The Perkins Act moved through one of its last hurdles on Monday with no sign of the CODES Act Federal overreach was cited as the main concern for a program that would have incentivized the replacement of math, science and foreign language courses in high school with coding Education community supports an inclusive approach to.. read more →

Interpreting community coalesces around ethical standards for maintaining discretion under public and Congressional scrutiny July 17 marked the start of a whirlwind news week for Ms. Marina Gross, a State Department interpreter who accompanied President Trump to Helsinki to facilitate talks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. She found herself, and her profession, under the inquisitorial gaze.. read more →

Secondary world language programs may face threat during Perkins Act reauthorization in the Senate After years at the state level, “coding bill” to replace foreign languages reaches the national stage High School CODES Act shifts resources to schools that allow replacing foreign language, math or science courses with computer coding On June 26, the Senate.. read more →

A recent court ruling threatens to disrupt multi-billion dollar language service industry nationwide.  The gig-economy and the knowledge-based economy should be evaluated under equitable standards. Association of Language Companies (ALC) holding advocacy and policy summit in Washington August 8, 2018 to address the issue. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. The.. read more →