A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
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 for Legislative Cycle 2017-18
The LOOK Bill — H.3705/S.2070 An Act for language opportunity for our kids — was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Education and and referred to the House & Senate Committees on Ways and Means. On June 7, 2017, the House PASSED the LOOK bill. On July 26, 2017, the Senate UNANIMOUSLY PASSED the LOOK bill. The next step is to reconcile the House and Senate versions though conference committee. In August, the ELL Bill Conference Committee legislators were appointed and are as follows: Representatives Alice Peisch, Frank Moran and Kimberly Ferguson, as well as Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sal DiDomenico, and Patrick O’Connor. The conference committee will meet in September to begin House-Senate negotiations over legislation to reshape how non-native English speakers are educated in public schools.S.2070 An Act for language opportunity for our kids
- Brockton, Lowell & Waltham schools commit to ELLs, Boston Globe August 27, 2017
- Senate approves bilingual education measure, Boston Globe July 27, 2017
- State House News Report, June 7, 2017 announcing House Ways and Means Passage of LOOK bill
- Language Opportunity for Our Kids Business/Global Economy Talking Points
- Language Opportunity for Our Kids Fact Sheet, revised May 2017
- Seal of Biliteracy Talking Points, revised May 2017
H.2839 An Act to reform English language learning education
S.232 and H.2809 stress the importance of language development for all students in the Commonwealth to prepare them to be competitive in the global economy. It gives school districts the flexibility to choose high-quality, research-based programs that meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). It also encourages programs that help all students — both ELLs and English speakers — to build their language skills, a valuable asset in the 21st century global economy. The bill includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the Seal’s passage.
Seal of Biliteracy S. 311/ H. 285 An Act to promote global trade and economic development through biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduates who speak, read and write proficiently in another language in addition to English with a seal on their high school diploma. Passage of this bill promises to encourage language learning and teaching, and will provide evidence to universities and businesses that our students have attained these important 21st century skills.Massachusetts STATE HOUSE HEARING of the Joint Committee of Education Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 10 am, Room A2 for the SEAL OF BILITERACY - Thank you to those who testified, especially to High School students Caitlin and Pedro who provided oral testimony in Spanish and English.
GUIDANCE for Oral and written Testimonies
NEW! Language Proficiency in the Workplace
Seal of Biliteracy Talking Points
Contact your Legislator to support these two bills!
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:
Which job seekers are in hot demand? Bilingual workers!, by Katie Johnston, Boston Globe March 13, 2017
- 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)
- 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)
Steering Committee: MABE, MATSOL, MA FLA, MIRA