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Senate Considers Reclassification for ELL’s

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The senate is considering updating the criteria for reclassification for English Language Learners (ELL’s) in the state of California with Senate bill 463. When ELL’s are deemed proficient in English, they are moved from being ELL’s to being Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students. These students move into English...

Mass. House Pushes For Diversity in ELL Teaching

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Last week, the Massachusetts House passed a bill that would eliminate “one size fits all” teaching for English Language Learners ( ELL ). The bill, H. 3736 or “An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids”, was originally filed by Democrat House member, Jeffrey Sánchez, and was reported by the committee on House Ways and Means. The bill...

Colorado Senate Embraces Seal of Biliteracy

On the day after Valentine's Day, Colorado’s bilingual advocates received a belated gift from their state senate. The Republican-controlled senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 17-123, the Colorado Seal of Biliteracy by a margin of 30-5. The measure now goes on to the House, controlled by Democrats, where it has bipartisan sponsorship and where it is expected to...

Republicans Introduce Bill to Replace Foreign Language with Coding in Virginia Public Schools

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  Glenn R. Davis, R-Virginia Beach of the Virginia House of Delegates has introduced a bill that could essentially eliminate foreign language classes in favor of coding classes in Virginia. Virginia, which in 2013 had 99,897 ELL students according to the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, along with over 1 million students currently follows the Foreign Language and American...

Bipartisan Language Education Bill Introduced

Reps. David Price (D-NC), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12 language programs. “In today’s global economy, K-12 foreign language and cultural knowledge have become necessary skills for government, private-sector, and non-profit employers,” said Congressman Price. “Federal...

What does Bill Gates regret?

This week in an online Reddit chat, Bill Gates revealed his main regret: “I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I took Latin and Greek in High School and got A's and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese. I keep hoping to get time to study...

Aboriginal Education Bill Faces Backlash

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) faces criticism this week, after supporting a government bill described as a threat to Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Publicly backing $1.9 billion Bill C-33, dubbed the ‘First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act’, Atleo has stated that the bill is out of respect for treaty rights, language...

Alaska Senate Passes Native Language Bill

The Alaska Senate voted this morning to make each of Alaska’s native languages, official languages of the state. Twenty-one indigenous languages, including :Iñupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax?, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian have been granted official status, according to the bill....

California Bill to Support Multilingual Education

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach/Huntington Park) announced legislation that would enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access to valuable 21st Century language skills and giving parents more choice over their children’s education. If passed, SB 1174, the Multilingual Education for a 21st Century Economy Act, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016...

New Bill to Support Language Teaching at School

LAUTENBERG, HOLT INTRODUCE BILL TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) have introduced, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the "Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act." The legislation would create a new U.S. Department of Education initiative to support revolutionary classroom programs that provide...