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.

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 →

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 →