WASHINGTON, DC – The country’s service members in uniform need to be equipped with the necessary tools to maintain positive relations and foresee potential situations at home and abroad. This includes proficiency in world languages. Now, Congress has the opportunity to expand the educational opportunities for service members who graduate from the Defense Language Institute.. read more →

Legislative Update WASHINGTON, DC – On June 5, Representative Julia Brownley [D-CA-26] reintroduced H.R.3119 or the “Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act”. The bill was introduced as tens of thousands of students attend Seal of Biliteracy awards ceremonies across the nation. This bill would create a program of 2-year grants to State Education Agencies.. read more →

31 May 2019
May 31, 2019

May 2019 Legislative Update

Take a peek at JNCL-NCLIS’ work on Capitol Hill regarding Language Education and Language Industry issues. Language Education With respect to legislation on language education, JNCL-NCLIS has visited 300+ offices on Capitol Hill since the beginning of the 116th session asking Congress to address the recommendations of America’s Languages, the report of the Commission on.. read more →

On Wednesday, California’s lower legislative chamber passed AB5, 53-11, sending shock waves across the state for hundreds of thousands of independent contractors, including interpreters and translators. See JNCL’s previous posts about the origin of AB5, Dynamex, and the language service industry’s background, first response and second response. AB5 codifies the three part employee classification test,.. read more →

As of May 22, the House Appropriations Committee has completed draft appropriations bills funding the Departments of Education and State. Overall, our programs see significant increases in these drafts. However, the Senate has yet to agree to a budget, although negotiations among the Senate and House leadership and the White House are ongoing. It is.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 1, 2019 | WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, over 100 leaders from language service companies (LSCs) returned to lobby Congress on potentially “disruptive” employee classification regulations that continue to threaten to upend industry’s $51 billion/year business model. Today, there are an estimated 500 languages spoken in the US, and 7000 in.. read more →

Update, Mar. 7, 2019 You have a unique and valuable perspective about why languages matter in Maryland. With your support, misguided bills like HB 1211, which attempt to equate computer science with language and culture, don’t stand a chance! Please read the following carefully regarding logistics for Friday’s hearing, which includes discussion on HB1211: Location: Maryland.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 14, 2019 – Over 160 world language advocates –from business to education– gather in the nation’s Capitol today, February 14, to meet with members of Congress for Language Advocacy Day, an annual summit of administrators, educators, and language industry leaders organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL)… read more →

Scroll to bottom to take action. BACKGROUND: On January 8, Delegate Glenn Davis of Virginia Beach introduced House Bill 2125 which would allow all career and technical education classes to replace world languages for the advanced diploma. HB2125 “directs the Board of Education to establish a pathway to the advanced studies high school diploma that requires advanced coursework.. read more →

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 →