The mission of the Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) is to increase language learning opportunities for learning English, native, heritage and world languages, and to ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities.
LOC Steering Committee Members: MABE, MATSOL, MaFLA, MIRA
The LOOK ACT - Bill H.4032 An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids (LOOK) passed in the legislature on November 15, and was signed into law by Governor Baker on November 22, 2017.
The legislation greatly expands options for English learners in the Commonwealth’s public schools (removing the parental waiver for bilingual programs and create a Dual Language Educator Endorsement), and create a Seal of Biliteracy that will encourage students to develop proficiency in English and a native or foreign language, and prepare them to compete in the global economy. (See the Language Opportunity Coalition website for links to move coverage)
We are very grateful to Governor Baker, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, the Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, Senator Sal DiDomenico, and the Chairs of the Education Committee, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Alice Peisch for their support of the LOOK Bill. We also thank Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kay Kahn who championed the Seal of Biliteracy.Thank you also to the Language Opportunity Coalition member groups: Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners (MATSOL), SealofBiliteracy.org, and all the organizations and individuals who advocated for this bill, and especially the educators who worked to create the Seal of Biliteracy pilot program.
Given the intense interest in the new law the Language Opportunity Coalition is providing this quick overview to our members.
Note: This is not intended to be a complete or formal legal statutory analysis. Provisions of the law are subject to regulations and guidance created by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. READ WHAT'S NEW IN THE LOOK Legislation