Late last week, the House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations revealed that it’s FY22 spending bill would invest an additional $15 million in the World Language Advancement and Readiness Grants program, matching its funding level in FY21. This is a huge win for JNCL-NCLIS, which spearheaded successful efforts to authorize this program through the National Defense Authorization Act and fund its first round of grants through the FY21 Defense Appropriations Act. The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has already voted to approve this bill, with the full Committee likely voting to approve it soon.
Additionally, today the House Subcommittee on Labor HHS Education Appropriations marked-up a FY22 spending bill that increases Department of Education spending by 41% and contains significant increases for the following key language programs:
$2.293 billion for Title II of ESEA, a $150 million increase over last year
$40 million for Native Hawaiian Education, a $3 million increase over last year
$36 million for Native Alaskan Education, flat funding over last year
$1.305 billion for Title IV of ESEA, an $85 million increase over last year
$188 million for Indian Education, a $6 million increase over last year
$1 billion for Title III of ESEA, a $203 million increase over last year and a larger increase than President Biden had proposed
The full House Appropriations Committee will vote on this bill later this week.
Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) unites a national network of leading organizations and businesses comprised of over 300,000 language professionals to advocate for equitable language learning opportunities. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.