Legislative Priorities

US Department of Education: 
We welcome the President’s FY2014 budget, and applaud the efforts to restore funding to the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) programs of the US Department of Education. We note, however, that the additional $6.9m in funding requested for FY14, bringing the total request to $80m, is still more than 40% below the FY10 level of $125m for these vital programs. Moreover, significant and nationally important education research continues to go without funding, as several of the constituent programs of IFLE remain zeroed out. We request funding at the level in the President’s budget.JNCL-NCLIS is disappointed that the Foreign Language Assistance Program was not reinstated in the FY14 budget, and notes that the $75m request for the Well Rounded Curriculum grants to State Education Agencies falls more than $400m short of the six grant programs it would replace. JNCL-NCLIS opposes this request and continues to advocate for restoration of the full $26m funding at the FY11 levels for the Foreign Language Assistance Program.
US Department of Defense:
JNCL-NCLIS notes that the $58m request for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office is $180,000 below the FY13 level, and more than $9m below the FY12 level. JNCL-NCLIS is concerned that this reduction will adversely impact the ability of DLNSEO to prosecute its mission. JNCL-NCLIS notes that the shift to the Pacific in DoD priorities as well as the need to focus on other strategic missions as the US shifts away from Southwest Asia will drive additional language requirements for DoD, and that DoD needs to be resourced for this shift. We request robust funding for DLNSEO, the Defense Language Program budget, and the Consolidated Cryptologic Program budget.
US Department of State:
JNCL-NCLIS is alarmed by the 6.6% reduction in the funding for international exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from FY13 levels, from $602m to $562m. International exchanges, including programs for US students to study abroad, are a bedrock component of our education in foreign languages, and are invaluable as a tool of informal diplomacy. JNCL-NCLIS calls for the full funding of the programs of the ECA at FY13 levels. Additionally, we request full funding for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act (PL 90-164, Title VIII), at $3.5m, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
14 Mar 2014
March 14, 2014

New Mexico Seal of Bilingualism

March 8, 2014 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a Seal of Bilingualism. The seal honors graduates who are proficient in speaking and writing a language other than English. Several school districts and individual schools have a bilingual seal, but it had not previously been coordinated statewide. Read the Governor’s Press Release or view the text.. read more →

On December 11, 2013, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the American Councils for International Education submitted a letter with nearly 80 signatories to Secretary of State John Kerry urging restoration of funding for the Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act (PL.. read more →

Over the summer, JNCL-NCLIS conducted a survey of all members of Congress regarding self-reported language ability.  We have compiled a report of the encouraging results from the survey. Congress speaks world languages read more →

Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act(H.R. 1994) was introduced on May 25, 2011 by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). H.R. 1994 is a joint effort by a number of organizations and individuals and is the result of many past conversations regarding the need for an omnibus language bill.. read more →

Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act ( H.R. 1966) Rep. Rush Holt reintroduced his Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a partnership program in foreign languages. The Secretary of Education would be given the authority to make incentive payments to eligible partnerships to “develop.. read more →