Joint NHLA and HEC position on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act
On behalf of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 39 leading national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations, and on behalf of the Hispanic Education Coalition, which unites 14 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the more than 54 million Latinos living in the United States and Puerto Rico, we write to urge you to vote against H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.
AFT, NABE, TESOL on Senate Bipartisan ESEA Bill
Leaders of three organizations representing the majority of educators who teach English language learners said they are encouraged by the Senate bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal. "The proposed bill represents a significant step forward to support the academic and language needs of ELLs, to adequately prepare teachers to work with ELLs, and to promote equity," said leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association for Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Association, in a statement to their members.
Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines released
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the National Association of Bilingual Education, the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and TESOL International Association, have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students.
Title III English Leaners FY16 Final
As the Subcommittee considers the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to provide the President's Budget request of $773.4 million for Title III Language Acquisition Grant, consistent with the considerable growth of English learners being served in our nation's public schools.
House passes ESEA rewrite 218-213; Senate debate continues
The U.S. House of Representative reconsidered and ultimately passed a Republican-backed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — though it's far from the measure that President Barack Obama may eventually sign into law when it's all said and done. After considering 14 amendments, including a failed Democratic substitute, members passed the ESEA rewrite, formally known as the Student Success Act, with a very close vote of 218-213. Twenty-seven Republicans crossed party-line to join the entire Democratic caucus in voting against the bill.
Proposed Amendments supported by NABE
The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) opposes any amendments to H.R. 5, "the Student Success Act," that would permit federally funded private school vouchers.(June 18, 2013)The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) opposes any amendments or substitutes to the "Strengthening America's Schools Act" NABE endorsed along with many of our partners to taking away limited federal funds from our public schools to support vouchers.The Dream ACT White House Fact Sheet on the DREAM Act: Good For Our Economy, Good For Our Security, Good For Our Nation
NABE National Action Plan: Education of Bilingual Learners (February 5, 2010)
Key Federal Laws
No Child Left Behind Act (2002)
This is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, covering most federal programs aiding K-12 schools.
Title III provides formula grants for English learner programs, to be distributed by states on a per-capita basis and requires annual assessments of English proficiency. NCLB neither encourages nor prohibits native-language instruction, but it deletes from the ESEA all references to "bilingual education" and to "bilingualism" as an educational goal. Click here for an analysis of Title III.
Title I provides funding to serve "disadvantaged" students and requires schools to make "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) toward full proficiency in language arts and math by 2014. Failure to make AYP brings increasingly harsh sanctions.
Bilingual Education Act (1994)
This was the fifth and final reauthorization of the law, also known as Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, first passed in 1968.
Title VII was designed to promote education excellence by awarding competitive grants directly to school districts for serving ELLs. Equally important, it placed strong emphasis on professional development programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Native American Languages Acts (1990 and 1992)
Civil Rights Act (1964)
Title VI of this law requires prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or national origin by recipients of government, including the public schools. Title VI was the legal basis for the Lau v. Nichols decision.