MATSOL 2015-16 Legislative Agenda

altMATSOL is proud to join the Language Opportunity Coalition in announcing that through our efforts assisting our state legislators, two exciting bills have been filed for the 2015-2016 Massachusetts legislative session. One bill establishes a State Seal of Biliteracy.  The second bill, the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) bill, addresses language acquisition programs, and also includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the seal’s passage.

  • “An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy” 
  • “An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids” (LOOK Bill)

MATSOL testified in support of these bills at the April 12 hearing of the Joint Committee on Education, along with about 15 other students, parents, educators and advocates.

Help support this important legislation! 

  • Let your state legislators know that they should support these bills.
  • Volunteer to get involved in MATSOL advocacy work -- help educate legislators and the public, write fact sheets, connect with other organizations, etc. 

Complete this online form to get involved!

“An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy” filed by Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kay Khan
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 foreign and dual language learning and teaching, and  provide evidence to universities and businesses that our students have attained these important 21st century skills.

“An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK Bill)” filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Jeff Sanchez

The LOOK bill stresses the importance of language development for all students in the Commonwealth to prepare them to be competitive in the global economy. This bill expands language learning opportunities, supports bilingualism, and provides parents with greater educational choice and empowerment.  It also includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the Seal’s passage. Although similar bills have been filed in the past years, we are very excited about this current draft, which many stakeholders came together to finalize.  

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Links to the text of the bills will be posted when they are available on the Mass Legislature website.