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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 100 world language teachers and advocates will gather on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15-16 to meet members of Congress for Language Advocacy Day, an annual summit of administrators, educators, and language industry leaders organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL).

ALEXANDRIA, VA — For the third year in a row, more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia have reported a teacher shortage in world languages, an all-time high for the subject area since the Department of Education began collecting data over 25 years ago. In the report, language teaching vacancies are at the top of the list next to other key subject areas like math, science, and special education.

Strengthening the Student-to-Teacher Pipeline

ALEXANDRIA, VAIn a world where U.S. companies contend in a hypercompetitive global marketplace, where our nation is diplomatically and militarily engaged across the globe, and where tackling complex global challenges requires a greater level of international understanding and cooperation, the ability to communicate in different languages and understand other cultures has never been more vital. Yet, fewer than 10 percent of Americans speak a second language, while barely one-fifth of K-12 students and a mere 8 percent of college students study a second language.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Title IV, Part A Coalition, comprised of more than 75 national organizations, including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), released the following statement in response to the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s decision to provide $1 billion in FY17 to the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Program (SSAEG):

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Tuesday, June 7, the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee voted to advance its FY17 funding bill. The bill includes $300 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants—a new program created under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—which provides for funding for foreign language education along with other academic subject areas.