Policy Highlights

On May 9, 2018, a coalition of organizations advocating for English Learners (ELs) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy Devos regarding a proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Education. The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies  (NCLIS) both signed the letter. According to.. read more →

The ability to speak more than one language can enhance brain function, academic performance and business acumen, linguistic experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing Tuesday, making the case for a greater emphasis on multilingual education in American schools. Teaching children in multiple languages can even help them learn English quicker, said Anita Pandey,.. read more →

Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait” is a precursor to another forthcoming report from the academy about.. read more →

30 Nov 2016
November 30, 2016

115th Congress Committee Leadership

JNCL-NCLIS works closely with a number of committees on our priorities. Below is a list of the committees most relevant to language policy, and the chairs and ranking members of each, for the 115th Congress. Committee assignments are not certain until each party in each chamber has finished assigning members to committees and voted to.. read more →

California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools. Proposition 58 had about 73 percent support with 3.5 million votes counted. The measure undoes a 1998 law requiring schools to use English immersion for most students not fluent in the language. Supporters said the old law was tinged with.. read more →