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.

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education will award nearly $3 million in grants to help support Native-American students who are identified as English-language learners. The department will award $2.996 million to schools and tribes in eight states-Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma-to support teaching and learning and study of Native American languages.. read more →

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 →