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.

10 Feb 2016
February 10, 2016

JNCL-NCLIS FY17 Appropriations Priorities

The Obama Administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2017 yesterday, February 9, 2016. The budget request is generally positive for the programs we track, with modest increases for many. We are, however, concerned about a proposed cut of $5 million to Title VI/Fulbright-Hayes in the Department of Education. Title VI has sustained frequent.. read more →

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 →