(Bits of) Good News

10/2018
Author Photo: Dr. Bill Rivers

By: Dr. Bill Rivers

Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages
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Today, I have (bits of) good news to share. Maybe lots of it, or maybe stuff we already knew... maybe even things that we need other people to acknowledge. Lately, these are the things that have been on my mind.

So, here goes: first the bits of news, then some thoughts about it all. You might remember my columns from May and July, where the proposed reorganization of the Office of English Language Acquisition was discussed. My first bit of good news comes from the Conference Report on the "Minibus" appropriations for the Departments of Education and Defense has language on pp. 545-546, expressing Congress' bipartisan support for keeping OELA intact. The National English Learner Roundtable, of which JNCL is a member, worked hard over the past six months to get this, and we'll keep up the pressure on the Department of Education. Your support and interest has been incredibly helpful.

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Second, (and hear through to our good friends at Californians Together for flagging this), we are already seeing amazing benefits from Proposition 58 in California! A recent article about the Carpinteria Public Schools – and their expanded Dual Language Immersion programs -- highlights the cognitive, educational, and community benefits that accrue to everyone, when we provide Dual Language Immersion.

According to the school district, everyone collaborates on student success in DLI, and learners advance in their Spanish literacy and improve on their English Language Arts tests, well ahead of peers who do not have the advantage of DLI.

Continue to the next page to learn more ...

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