FEATURED NEWS

April 28, 2020 | Meng Press Release
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today announced the introduction of legislation that would require all federal government agencies to translate into multiple languages all written COVID-19-related materials that are produced for the public.
 
The COVID-19 Language Access Act would apply to any federal agency that receives coronavirus-related funding. It would mandate agencies to provide written resources in 19 languages including: Spanish, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese, Greek, Polish, Thai, and Portuguese.

April 29, 2020 | WPRI
More help could soon be on the way for English language learners struggling with distance learning, thanks to a letter co-written by Rep. Jim Langevin.

Langevin, D-Rhode Island, and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-New York, sent a letter to House leadership asking for additional support for English learners (ELs) in future COVID-19 relief legislation.

The letter, signed by 27 other representatives, requests an additional $1 billion for Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) . The letter notes that amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, approximately 5 million English learners, who account for 10% of all public-school students, face greater challenges that could hold them back in school.

April 29, 2020 | Slator
T he impact of California’s gig worker law, also known as AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5), could not have come at a worst time, according to translators and interpreters (T&Is) working in the State of California. But a new bill seeks to mitigate the adverse effects of AB5 on T&Is .

The provisions of AB5, effective from January 1, 2020, have been the subject of heated debate even before the bill was signed into law on September 18, 2019 — from the SOSi ruling that got the ball rolling back in 2018 to the California Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Dynamex and the fight for exemption from AB5 because, as interpreter associations fought to inform legislators last summer, language industry professionals are not gig workers.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools supports, guides, and promotes the interests of community-based heritage language schools and organizations across the United States.

One of our initiatives is to document the community-based schools teaching hundreds of languages across the United States. We would love to document every school! Can you please share this link with leaders of and participants in the schools you know about and ask them to complete the survey? They will then be visible on our map and reported on our web page and at conferences.

Let’s work together to document and share information about all of these schools!

CAL is offering free 1-hour webinars with  dozens of original, ready-to-use activities  combining language learning and the following topics:  Interpersonal Communication Writing Mathematics , and  Science . CAL adds to the list weekly.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

We were all looking forward to the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed our reality. In response, NAFSA member-leaders and staff developed this digital program.

Join with colleagues and leaders from across the field for f ive days of innovation, inspiration, and community conversations to help you with your programs, your students, and your career.

FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
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