On July 16, 2015, a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives including Reps. Price (D-NC-4), Lance (R-NJ-7), Crowley (D-NY-14), and Young (R-AK-at large) introduced the World Language Advancement Act (WLAA). This legislation would reinstate a grant competition in the Department of Education for state and local education agencies to establish, improve, or expand language.. read more →

On May 12, 2015, JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Dr. Bill Rivers delivered testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education of the 189th General Court in support of Bills H422 and S336 which would introduce a Seal of Biliteracy. Seals of Biliteracy distinguish the capacity of high school students to perform in English and another language and provide.. read more →

JNCL-NCLIS recently sent a letter to New Jersey state Senator Diane Allen in support of Senate Bill 1760, which would recognize American Sign Language as a world language for the purposes of New Jersey state and local high school graduation requirements. Passage of this legislation would be another important step in the movement to have.. read more →

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Dr. Bill Rivers, testified at the Maryland House of Delegates in support of recent legislation proposing a Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is a diploma seal that recognizes high school students’ proficiency in English and another world language. This legislation puts Maryland, along with a.. read more →

In anticipation of the review of Virginia House Bill 1351, JNCL-NCLIS sent a letter to Virginia Delegate Richard Bell to voice our support for Virginia’s adoption of a Seal of Biliteracy. Many states have already implemented, are in the process of implementing, or are planning to implement this Seal, which recognizes high school students’ demonstrated.. read more →

18 Dec 2014
December 18, 2014

JNCL-NCLIS Accomplishments, 2012-2014

JNCL-NCLIS Accomplishments, 2012-2014 read more →

17 Dec 2014
December 17, 2014

FY15 Appropriations

The language funding that we advocate for is spread throughout several departments of the government. This year’s appropriations cycle brought some successes, and thankfully, very few cuts. The chart below details past-years appropriations and requests to the relevant language programs in the Department of State, Department of Defense and Department of Education, as well as.. read more →

April 29, 2014 the House Education & the Workforce Committee chair Congressman John Kline convened a hearing on “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education” with witness, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  During the hearing, Secretary Duncan was asked challenging questions about foreign language education by Representatives Holt and.. read more →

14 Mar 2014
March 14, 2014

New Mexico Seal of Bilingualism

March 8, 2014 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a Seal of Bilingualism. The seal honors graduates who are proficient in speaking and writing a language other than English. Several school districts and individual schools have a bilingual seal, but it had not previously been coordinated statewide. Read the Governor’s Press Release or view the text.. read more →