There’s exciting news for all of us who are advocates of world language education! There’s a brand new national congressional language policy forum, America’s Languages Caucus.
Representatives David Price (NC) and Don Young (AK) established the Caucus in November to develop a national strategy to raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education, and – yes – to ensure adequate resources for world language learning nationwide.
Here’s an excerpt from the release:
“Members also seek to improve access for students and educators who wish to participate in these fields of study, including world languages, Native American languages, and English for English learners.”
The core of the Caucus’ mission comes from the five language policy recommendations outlined in the 2017 Congressionally-Commissioned Report on Language Learning: America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. This inclusive and representative report makes clear that the United States needs significantly more bilingual and biliterate citizens to help ensure national security, promote economic and job growth, and develop the potential of every American student.”
Let YOUR voice be heard. Request that your representative join the caucus!