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.

On July 16, 2015, a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives including Reps. Price (D-NC-4), Lance (R-NJ-7), Crowley (D-NY-14), and Young (R-AK-at large) introduced the World Language Advancement Act (WLAA). This legislation would reinstate a grant competition in the Department of Education for state and local education agencies to establish, improve, or expand language.. read more →

On May 12, 2015, JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Dr. Bill Rivers delivered testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education of the 189th General Court in support of Bills H422 and S336 which would introduce a Seal of Biliteracy. Seals of Biliteracy distinguish the capacity of high school students to perform in English and another language and provide.. read more →

JNCL-NCLIS recently sent a letter to New Jersey state Senator Diane Allen in support of Senate Bill 1760, which would recognize American Sign Language as a world language for the purposes of New Jersey state and local high school graduation requirements. Passage of this legislation would be another important step in the movement to have.. read more →

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Dr. Bill Rivers, testified at the Maryland House of Delegates in support of recent legislation proposing a Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is a diploma seal that recognizes high school students’ proficiency in English and another world language. This legislation puts Maryland, along with a.. read more →

In anticipation of the review of Virginia House Bill 1351, JNCL-NCLIS sent a letter to Virginia Delegate Richard Bell to voice our support for Virginia’s adoption of a Seal of Biliteracy. Many states have already implemented, are in the process of implementing, or are planning to implement this Seal, which recognizes high school students’ demonstrated.. read more →