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Senator Tammy Baldwin recently introduced the World Languages Advancement Act (WLAA), an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. We ask that your office support the amendment, which retains a vitally important, cost-effective program to ensure access to high-quality world language programming in America's schools. The ECAA does not provide for world language programming, depriving the Federal Government of its programmatic ability to signal the importance of world languages to SEAs and LEAs.

Congresswoman Brownley's amendment to H.R. 5 would establish a grant program at the Department of Education to recognize high-level student proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language.  Under this program, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would not increase direct spending and is 100% voluntary, interested states would be able to establish or improve their own Biliteracy Seal programs to award state seals to high school seniors.

On February 5, 2013, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces. The headline witness was Governor Herbert from Utah. He highlighted UT’s Dual Immersion Language (DLI) program as one of three key state initiatives in which they link education and workplace needs. Herbert stated that the efforts (along with STEM, and a post-secondary initiative) produce a strong state that attracts business. The Governor promoted the acquisition of strong student data related to language learning (ie.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee yesterday (2/7/13).  The hearing, entitled, “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers,” featured testimony from Sectary Duncan during the first half and four panelists during in the second half. The panelists included: Terry K. Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education; John B. King, Jr., New York Commissioner of Education; Andrew R. Smarick, Partner, Bellwether Education Partners; and Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust.

On February 5, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces. The headline witness was Governor Herbert from Utah. He highlighted UT’s Dual Immersion Language (DLI) program as one of three key state initiatives in which they link education and workplace needs. He claims that the efforts (along with STEM, and a post-secondary initiative) produce a strong state that is attracting business. Herbert promoted strong student data related to language learning (ie.

Increased Funding in Education Programs, Including Over $501 Million for Exchanges; Lincoln Study Abroad Program Deferred

The President signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (HR 2669 ENR), after an earlier veto threat to the House bill. Included in the bill are The TEACH Grants, representing $375 million of mandatory federal spending to prepare new teachers in colleges and universities. Because this is mandatory spending, funds will be available every year without going through the annual appropriations process. This is truly a landmark investment in teacher quality.

Senate Hearing - 01/25/2007

Testimony of Rita Oleksak, President, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia.

Ken Stewart, ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, visiting the Honorable David Price, Congressman from the 4th District of North Carolina

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