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.

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 →