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 →

On December 11, 2013, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the American Councils for International Education submitted a letter with nearly 80 signatories to Secretary of State John Kerry urging restoration of funding for the Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act (PL.. read more →

Over the summer, JNCL-NCLIS conducted a survey of all members of Congress regarding self-reported language ability.  We have compiled a report of the encouraging results from the survey. Congress speaks world languages read more →

Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act(H.R. 1994) was introduced on May 25, 2011 by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). H.R. 1994 is a joint effort by a number of organizations and individuals and is the result of many past conversations regarding the need for an omnibus language bill.. read more →

Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act ( H.R. 1966) Rep. Rush Holt reintroduced his Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a partnership program in foreign languages. The Secretary of Education would be given the authority to make incentive payments to eligible partnerships to “develop.. read more →