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Language Funding Gains in the FY20 Appropriations Bills

Updated: Dec 20, 2019

Read the full FY20 Appropriations - Language Enterprise Analysis here.


Dear Colleagues,

This week, the Congress approved two appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2020, H.R. 1158 and H.R. 865, to provide discretionary funding for the federal government for FY2020. These two bills provide increased funding for many of our programs, and those which did not receive an increase are funded at current levels.

Roll the highlight reel!

Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which funds services for English Learners, receives an increase of $50 million, for a total of $787m.
Title II of the Higher Education Act, which provides grants to colleges of education, in consortia with local educational agencies, to train future teachers, sees an increase of $7m for a total of $53m.
Title VI/Fulbright-Hays, which supports foreign languages and international education in higher education, receives an additional $4m, for a total of $76m.
The Defense Language and National Security Education Office receives an additional $15m for the Language Training Centers.

Read the full FY20 Appropriations - Language Enterprise Analysis here.

These increases reflect the budget deal reached earlier this year, which raised the overall caps on government spending. More importantly, they reflect the work of hundreds of advocates over the past several years, who have made the support of language education a priority for a great many Members of Congress. For that, I thank each and every one of you.

Many other programs which support language learning will also see a boost in funding. We will be updating it as we continue to analyze the appropriations bills.

With Best Wishes,

Bill Rivers

Executive Director

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