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Support Seals of Biliteracy Throughout the U.S.

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.

To be eligible for a Seal, a high school senior must have a strong academic record in both English and a second language and must be a candidate for graduation. Providing for a Seal of Biliteracy helps employers, colleges, and universities distinguish talented applicants with valuable skills. It also helps the U.S. remain a world leader in diplomacy, intelligence, and military readiness by ensuring our workforce is highly skilled in critical languages. Most importantly, students who speak more than one language have a competitive edge in the American job market.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015