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ACTFL Supports Full Funding For ESSA’s Title IV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

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. Although ESSA prioritized the Student Support & Academic Enhancement Grants program with an authorization of $1.65 billion—the third largest authorized program in ESSA—the U.S. Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee funded it at less than a third of the authorized amount.

“The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is deeply disappointed by the severe underfunding of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants in the FY17 Senate LHHS appropriations bill,” said Marty Abbott, ACTFL Executive Director.

“This lack of funding means that children across the country will likely miss out on the cultural, cognitive and academic benefits of studying a world language. We hope that as this legislation advances, it is amended to reflect the full amount of authorized funding in ESSA.”

The U.S. Senate LHHS FY17 appropriations bill moves to the full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration today, Thursday, June 9.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016