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 →

On July 20, 2015, a grouping of organizations active in the field of foreign language and international studies, including JNCL-NCLIS, sent letters to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees under the initiative of the Coalition for International Education. The letters express the concern of the undersigned organizations over the proposed FY16 cuts to Title.. read more →

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 →

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