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Cardona Stresses Equity in Rescue Funding

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As the Department of Education releases $122 billion directly to states as part of the American Rescue Plan, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is encouraging states to make sure students who have been hit hardest by COVID-19 are provided with the resources and support they need.  American Rescue Plan funds can be used by SEAs and school districts to...

Apply Now for K-12 World Language Grants

The World Language Advancement and Readiness Grants Program is accepting applications from Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for elementary and secondary programs until May 7, 2021.  Innovative applications for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of world language programs are being prioritized. The programs should target elementary and secondary students as they advance from elementary school through secondary school to achieve advanced...

Congress Approves Extra $15M for World Languages

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On Monday, December 21, the U.S. Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations package, which provided $15m in new funding for the World Languages Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA), in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). This grant program was enacted last year, and with the appropriation, is now funded. The efforts to create and fund WLARA began...

How to Best Support English Learners at Home

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, English learners (ELs), like many students, already faced challenges at school. How to engage and teach ELs when they’re learning from home is another new challenge educators are facing. Beginning with factors that affect all students, here are some ideas to help. Maslow Before BloomIn a time of widespread job losses and economic uncertainty, we must...

COUNT ON ME: Complete the #2020Census to Help Inform Billions in Funding

One year ago, Language Magazine introduced COUNT ON ME: Campaign for an Accurate 2020 Census. The campaign was born out of a desire to help ensure that everyone, no matter where they were born or what language they speak, is counted and can continue to access the services they need. Since introducing COUNT ON ME, everyday life has changed in...

Guidance Requested on Use of Federal Education Funding for English Learners

The U.S. Department of Education has been asked to provide guidance on the use of CARES Act funding for English Learners (ELs) in K-12 public schools by an alliance of associations: ACTFL, CABE, Californians Together, CAL, JNCL-NCLIS, MPI, NAELPA, and TESOL International. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) includes billions of dollars for K-12...

Urge Congress to #FundLibraries

For a fourth consecutive year, the White House budget proposal for FY21 eliminates direct federal funding for libraries. The majority of this funding is provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides more than $189.3 million for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act. The budget proposal also cuts $27 million from the Innovative...

LA Strike Sets Tone for Funding, Charters

Weakening of districts and unions through increased “charterization” was at the heart of the dispute As the teachers’ strike in the nation’s second-largest school district (Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD)) with the highest number (over 160,000) of English language learners (ELLs) comes to an end after six days, it makes sense to analyze what caused the district’s first strike in 30...

Making the Most of Europe

Students (and teachers) should take advantage of the many travel deals on offer to see as much as they can of this diverse continent People planning to study in Europe should be sure to add some extra time to the trip so that they can experience more of the continent. Here are some tips: Transatlantic Travel Flying across the Atlantic is currently...

Call to Action: Protect Funding for Linguistics and Social Sciences

This week the U.S. House of Representatives will debate the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806). The bill could seriously jeapordize federal funding for research in linguistics and social sciences by reducing funding for National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported research by $120 million. This nearly 50% budget cut would change the NSF funding process in ways that would...
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