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January 22, 2019, RICHMOND, VA. — On Monday, January 21, within 72 hours of its first hearing, Virginia’s coding bill, HB2125, was defeated. The education subcommittee’s majority vote prevented the bill from progressing to a full committee hearing.

A handful of language advocates headed to the capital to speak out about the bill during Monday’s subcommittee hearing. The resurfaced bill would have allowed alternative courses, including computer coding, to substitute world language credits for high school students seeking an “advanced diploma.” Defeating the reintroduced bill is yet another testament of the importance of keeping world languages and computer languages as separate educational priorities, as well as the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy from the language community.

This victory would not be possible without our partners at the Virginia Organization of World Languages Supervisors (VOWLS), Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and all those who wrote and called to their representatives.