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 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 →

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17 Dec 2014
December 17, 2014

FY15 Appropriations

The language funding that we advocate for is spread throughout several departments of the government. This year’s appropriations cycle brought some successes, and thankfully, very few cuts. The chart below details past-years appropriations and requests to the relevant language programs in the Department of State, Department of Defense and Department of Education, as well as.. read more →

April 29, 2014 the House Education & the Workforce Committee chair Congressman John Kline convened a hearing on “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education” with witness, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  During the hearing, Secretary Duncan was asked challenging questions about foreign language education by Representatives Holt and.. read more →