The U.S. Department of Education will award nearly $3 million in grants to help support Native-American students who are identified as English-language learners. The department will award $2.996 million to schools and tribes in eight states-Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma-to support teaching and learning and study of Native American languages.. read more →

The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to support Proposition 58, the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, or LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) Initiative on the November 2016 ballot. The LEARN initiative, authored by California State Senator Ricardo Lara, (D-33), removes decades-old barriers to student learning by amending.. read more →

Republican and Democratic Parties Address Language in 2016 Party Platforms For Immediate Release G ARRETT PARK, MD, August 2, 2016— On July 18, the Republican Party released their 2016 Party Platform at the Republican National Convention, and on July 21 the Democratic Party released their respective 2016 Party Platform at the Democratic National Convention. Both.. read more →

On July 6, the Department of Education released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement provisions of Title I of ESSA. These notices “seek to ensure states administer high-quality assessments that are worth taking and provide meaningful data about student success and equity, while also encouraging states and districts to continue to push the.. read more →

HHS and ED Release Policy Statement on Dual Language Learning The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a 32-page policy statement last week promoting the the learning and development of dual language learners through policies and practices that accurately reflect the growing diversity and multilingualism of the early childhood population. The.. read more →

O n March 10, 2016, the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) testified before the Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates in support of H.B. 708, the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act. Seals of Biliteracy have grown in popularity across the country since 2011, with 16 states having approved legislation.. read more →

10 Feb 2016
February 10, 2016

JNCL-NCLIS FY17 Appropriations Priorities

The Obama Administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2017 yesterday, February 9, 2016. The budget request is generally positive for the programs we track, with modest increases for many. We are, however, concerned about a proposed cut of $5 million to Title VI/Fulbright-Hayes in the Department of Education. Title VI has sustained frequent.. read more →

A s the Seal of Biliteracy continues its march across the United States, NCLIS has sought to provide letters of support at every opportunity. As the Seal reached New Jersey this month, NCLIS sent a letter to the New Jersey Senate Education Committee leadership highlighting the importance of language and the role a Seal would play in.. read more →

Working with a coalition of language organizations, NCLIS recently sent a letter to the U.S. Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) taking issue with a new federal contract that sets the hourly rate for interpreting services far below the industry standard. Interpretation, particularly in the judicial and legal space, requires a particular vocabulary and skill set beyond.. read more →

On July 30, 2015, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) formally announced its Commission on Language Learning. The Commission, requested by a bipartisan group in Congress in November of 2014, will examine the state of language learning in the United States and report back to Congress in summer of 2016. This Commission will.. read more →