September 27th, 2021 | Language Magazine

In what is being hailed as a major step forward for language education across the United States, the House of Representatives voted to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Sept. 24. The act includes authorization for the Bilingual Education Seal and Teaching Act (BEST), and if approved by the Senate, the act would sanction federal support for the establishment of Seal of Biliteracy programs in school districts across the nation.

Today’s House action is an incredible step toward a more equitable and positive focus on language learning in this country,” said Amanda Seewald, the president of the JNCL-NCLIS. “The BEST Act will empower our schools with the means to provide opportunities for all students to be recognized for their multilingualism.”