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MABE has joined other community and professional organizations in building this coalition to support opportunities for language learning and academic achievement for students of all ages in Massachusetts.
Information in Legislative Cycle 2017-18
Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kay Khan have submitted the Seal of Biliteracy (SD1122/HD924). New bill numbers have been assigned. H.285/S.311 An Act to promote global trade and economic development through biliteracy have been referred to the Joint Committee on Education.
Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Tony Cabral have submitted the LOOK bill (SD155/HD3537 (named An Act to reform English language learning education). Read more about this update.
The list of Co-sponsors for the Seal of Biliteracy bill can be viewed here.
The list of Co-sponsors for the HD3537 An Act to reform English language learning education can be viewed here.
Information from Legislative Cycle 2015-16
Rhode Island Update:Rhode Island passes Seal of Biliteracy June 14, 2016!
Massachusetts Statehouse Hearing June 21, 2016
Demand for Bilingual Workers in Massachusetts More than Doubled in 5 years, Report ShowsOn Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) joined business leaders and education advocates from the Language Opportunity Coalition at the Massachusetts State House to call for the creation of a state Seal of Biliteracy.
Read more…. http://www.renewoureconomy.org/issues/demographics/demand-for-bilingual-workers-in-massachusetts-more-than-doubled-in-5-years-report-shows/
Research Brief: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in the Massachusetts EconomyAs employers strive to increase their competitiveness in the global economy, they are increasingly seeking candidates who have the language skills necessary to communicate with a diverse customer base, and with operations and competitors overseas. This research brief explores the growing demand for bilingual talent in Massachusetts from some of the state’s biggest industries and employers, and highlights the need to attract and promote language diversity in Massachusetts’ workforce among both foreign-born and U.S.-born workersRead more….http://www.renewoureconomy.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/06/MA-Biliteracy-Brief.pdfAdvocacy Articles:
- State House News article: LANGUAGE LEARNING BILL STILL IN PLAY, BACKERS DIFFER OVER ITS ODDS
- How can being bilingual be an asset for white students and a deficit for immigrants?, by Tara Garcia Mathewson,The Hechinger Report, (11/8/16)
- Push on to get recognition for students who master foreign languages, The Boston Globe (4/11/2016)
- Lawmakers should take steps to lead on language education (Letter to the Editor), The Boston Globe (4/11/2016)
- Mass. should follow Utah’s path on bilingual education (Letter to the Editor), The Boston Globe (4/11/2016)
- In a global economy, Mass. lags in teaching foreign languages, The Boston Globe (4/4/2016)
- Rethinking Language Immersion, Senator Sal DiDomenico, Everett Independent Newspaper (5/27/16)
- Letter to the Editor, Dr. Patrick Proctor, Boston Herald (7/14/16)
- Letter to the Editor, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Boston Herald, (7/18/16)
- Bill offers new approach to English Language Learner Education, Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local (7/18/16)
- Bill Could Alter the Way Brookline, Others, Teach English Language Learners, Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local (7/28/16)
- Flexibility Needed in Educating ELLs by Senators DiDomenico and Chang-Diaz (7/29/16)
Seal of Biliteracy Bill 2016-16
- Language Opportunity for Our Kids Talking Points
- Language Opportunity for Our Kids FACT SHEET
- Language Opportunity for Our Kids Business/Global Economy Talking Points
- Seal of Biliteracy Talking Points
- MA, RI and CT Panel Presentation "Lessons Learned Advocating for the Seal of Biliteracy", MABE Conference, March 19. 2016
- Seal of Biliteracy Pilot 2015-16 Results
Contact your Legislator to support these two bills!Steering Committee: MABE, MATSOL, MA FLA, MIRA