A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
(formerly known as Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education)
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 - Bill H.4032 An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids (LOOK) passed in the legislature on November 15, and was signed into law by Governor Baker on November 22, 2017.
The legislation will greatly expand options for English learners in the Commonwealth’s public schools (removing the parental waiver for bilingual programs and create a Dual Language Educator Endorsement), and create a Seal of Biliteracy that will encourage students to develop proficiency in English and a native or foreign language, and prepare them to compete in the global economy. (See the Language Opportunity Coalition website and the MATSOL Facebook page for links to move coverage)
We are very grateful to Governor Baker, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, the Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, Senator Sal DiDomenico, and the Chairs of the Education Committee, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Alice Peisch for their support of the LOOK Bill. We also thank Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kay Kahn who championed the Seal of Biliteracy.Thank you also to the Language Opportunity Coalition member groups: Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners (MATSOL), SealofBiliteracy.org, and all the organizations and individuals who advocated for this bill, and especially the educators who worked to create the Seal of Biliteracy pilot program.
Given the intense interest in the new law the Language Opportunity Coalition is providing this quick overview to our members.
Note: This is not intended to be a complete or formal legal statutory analysis. Provisions of the law are subject to regulations and guidance created by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. READ WHAT'S NEW IN THE LOOK LegislationS.2070 An Act for language opportunity for our kids
BAKER AGREES TO ENGLISH LEARNING LAW OVERHAUL.docx, November 22, 2017
- Coalition Celebrates a Victory for Students Across MA, November 15, 2017
- Mass Lawmakers Approve bilingual Education, Boston Globe, November 15, 2017
- 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.NEW! Language Proficiency in the Workplace
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.pdf
Steering Committee: MABE, MATSOL, MA FLA, MIRA