Advocacy

Urgent Call to Action – Defeat HB 2341 in the Senate!

Dear Colleagues,

First of all, thank you for the messages you sent opposing HB 2341, Delegate Glenn Davis’ bill to create an advanced diploma for CTE students that eliminates world language instruction for these students.  FLAVA opposes any advanced studies diploma that does not include world language components.

Unfortunately, despite our efforts, HB 2341 passed the House of Delegates on Friday, February 3.  It will now go to the Senate, where we were able–because of all the calls and messages the Senate Education and Health Committee members received–to defeat it last year.  So we need to do the same thing this year.

FLAVA is asking that you contact immediately the members of the Senate Education and Health Committee, particularly those on the Public Education Subcommittee, urging them to oppose this bill.  All Virginians live in a multilingual and multicultural society within a global economy.  Research shows that nine of ten U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English and 56% say their foreign language demand will increase.  The economic sectors that rely on U.S. employees with world language skills are precisely those of students pursuing CTE:  construction, manufacturing, health care, and technical services.  Moreover, world languages courses help Virginia graduates “build connections and value for interaction with diverse communities,” an identified goal of the profile of a Virginia graduate, and teach interpersonal and communication skills, essential in any workplace.  (The research is in the documents posted at bit.ly/WLandCareers.

Please contact these legislators via email and voicemail immediately.  The bill may be as early as Thursday morning, February 9. Messages may be brief.  Both email and voicemail are important; they are how all of us can be heard.  If you have specific examples of student success in combining language and careers, share them.  Contact information for the House Education committee and both subcommittees is at https://bit.ly/SenateEd2023.  Contact information for the subcommittees is also posted at the end of this message for easier access.  If you are in a member’s district, be sure to mention this.  You can find your legislators at https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.  (Be sure to look at the ‘current’ tab.)

You may send any questions or comments to advocacy@flavaweb.org.  Updates on the bill’s progress will be posted in FLAVA’s social media, including the @AdvocacyFlava feed on Twitter.

Thank you for your efforts to preserve world language education in Virginia,

Sharon Scinicariello

FLAVA Advocacy Chair

HB 2341:

HOUSE BILL NO. 2341

Offered January 12, 2023

A BILL to require the Board of Education to establish multiple pathways to the advanced studies

diploma and associated diploma seals.

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Patron––Davis

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Committee Referral Pending

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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Board of Education (the Board) shall establish a pathway to the advanced studies high school diploma, and an associated diploma seal for students who successfully follow and demonstrate excellence on such pathway, that requires advanced coursework in a career and technical education field but does not require coursework in world language. The Board shall establish an additional pathway to the advanced studies high school diploma, and an associated diploma seal for students who successfully follow and demonstrate excellence on such pathway, that requires advanced coursework in world language but does not require coursework in a career and technical education field.

 § 2. The pathways to the advanced studies high school diploma and the associated diploma seals established by the Board of Education pursuant to § 1 of this act shall become effective for the 2024-2025 school year and shall be available to any student, regardless of the school year during which the student enters ninth grade.

Senate Education and Health Committee 2023

Starred members are on the Public Education Subcommittee.

L. Louise Lucas (Chair) 18 804-698-7518 757-397-8209 district18@senate.virginia.gov

Richard. L Saslaw 35 804-698-7535 703-978-0200 district35@senate.virginia.gov

*Janet D. Howell 32 804-698-7532 703-709-8283 district32@senate.virginia.gov

Stephen D. Newman 23 804-698-7523 434-385-1065 district23@senate.virginia.gov

*Mamie E. Locke 2 804-698-7502 757-825-5880 district02@senate.virginia.gov

George L. Barker 39 804-698-7539 703-303-1426 district39@senate.virginia.gov

J. Chapman Petersen 34 804-698-7534 703-349-3361 district34@senate.virginia.gov

John A. Cosgrove, Jr. 14 804-698-7514 757-547-3422 district14@senate.virginia.gov

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. 6 804-698-7506 757-787-1094 district06@senate.virginia.gov

*Siobhan S. Dunnavant 12 804-698-7512 804-270-5600 district12@senate.virginia.gov

David R. Suetterlein 19 804-698-7519 540-302-8486 district19@senate.virginia.gov

* Mark J. Peake 22 804-698-7522 434-455-3392 district22@senate.virginia.gov

John S. Edwards 21 804-698-7521 540-985-8690 district21@senate.virginia.gov

* Ghazala F. Hashmi 10 804-698-7510 district10@senate.virginia.gov

(chair, Public Education Subcommittee)

Todd E. Pillion 40 804-698-7540 276-220-1209 district40@senate.virginia.gov

Public Education Subcommittee

Ghazala F. Hashmi (Chair) 10 804-698-7510         district10@senate.virginia.gov

Janet D. Howell 32 804-698-7532 703-709-8283 district32@senate.virginia.gov

Mamie E. Locke 2 804-698-7502 757-825-5880 district02@senate.virginia.gov

Siobhan S. Dunnavant 12 804-698-7512 804-270-5600 district12@senate.virginia.gov

Mark J. Peake 22 804-698-7522 434-455-3392 district22@senate.virginia.gov

 


 

 

FLAVA advocates for world language education on behalf of members at the local, state, and federal levels. FLAVA is a member organization of JNCL-NCLIS, NECTFL, SCOLT, and ACTFL and advocates through these organizations as well. For information or help with advocacy, please contact the FLAVA Advocacy Chair, Sharon Scinicariello, at advocacy@flavaweb.org.

 

Everything you need to know about advocacy including ideas and resources can be found on this site and also on ACTFL’s advocacy page or JNCL-NCLIS’s website. Additionally, FLAVA has an Advocacy folder with resources at bit.ly/FLAVAadvocacy.

 

Advocacy and Social Networking: Many online opportunities educate the public about the benefits and issues surrounding language learning. To stay informed, you can easily “follow,” “like,” or “friend” FLAVA, Discover Languages, ACTFL, Lead with Languages, and other organizations on social media like Facebook or Twitter. Follow FLAVA Advocacy on Twitter at @SGS_RVAThen you can also share this information with your friends, students, and parents. Please do so, as languages are a vital part of our existence.