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 instruction programs.

WLAA is a revision of the Foreign Language Assistance Act of 2001, which established innovative, high-quality foreign language instruction programs in more than one dozen languages in districts across the U.S. Furthermore, the FLAP program revolutionized dual-language immersion, which has been shown to close achievement gaps and confer vast educational, cognitive, and behavioral benefits on students. Reinstatement of this grant program through WLAA would incentivize the creation and sustainment of high-quality foreign language instruction in k-12 education and thereby enhance the capacity of American students to compete and succeed in an increasingly-globalized world.

You can read the full press release for quotes from the sponsors of this legislation, JNCL-NCLIS, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).