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.
JNCL-NCLIS Accomplishments, 2012-2014 read more →
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 →
March 8, 2014 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a Seal of Bilingualism. The seal honors graduates who are proficient in speaking and writing a language other than English. Several school districts and individual schools have a bilingual seal, but it had not previously been coordinated statewide. Read the Governor’s Press Release or view the text.. read more →