Issues

JNCL-NCLIS advocates for the interests of the language community through lobbying the US Congress and Executive Branch agencies, and through public awareness raising on a variety of language-related issues. JNCL-NCLIS staff regularly meet with policy-makers to advance the policy priorities of our members, and to disseminate information about the national security, economic, and social justice imperatives of increasing language capacity in the U.S., the cognitive and educational benefits of language learning, and the developments necessary to implement language programming in the US system.

Identical House and Senate bills introduced that incentivize the replacement of math, science and foreign language courses in high school CODES Act would set dangerous precedent of federal overreach The Perkins Act, which the bills would amend, contains provision prohibiting “federal control over curriculum” On July 12th, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) introducedH.R. 6334 in.. read more →

Secondary world language programs may face threat during Perkins Act reauthorization in the Senate After years at the state level, “coding bill” to replace foreign languages reaches the national stage High School CODES Act shifts resources to schools that allow replacing foreign language, math or science courses with computer coding On June 26, the Senate.. read more →

On May 9, 2018, a coalition of organizations advocating for English Learners (ELs) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy Devos regarding a proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Education. The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies  (NCLIS) both signed the letter. According to.. read more →

The ability to speak more than one language can enhance brain function, academic performance and business acumen, linguistic experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing Tuesday, making the case for a greater emphasis on multilingual education in American schools. Teaching children in multiple languages can even help them learn English quicker, said Anita Pandey,.. read more →

Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait” is a precursor to another forthcoming report from the academy about.. read more →