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H.R.2549: BEST Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about education
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Sponsor Julia Brownley, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 14 (All Democrats)
Introduced June 27, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching Act or the BEST Act - Directs the Secretary of Education to award renewable two-year grants to states to establish or improve a Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize student proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language.

Requires students who wish to participate in such a program to submit an application to their state that includes assurances that they: (1) will receive a secondary school diploma or its equivalent in the year they apply; and (2) have met the state's criteria for demonstrating proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language.

Requires states to provide participating students who demonstrate that proficiency: (1) a permanent seal or other marker on their secondary school diploma or its equivalent, and (2) documentation of that proficiency on their official academic transcript.

Allows students who gain proficiency in a second langua...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 13, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
June 27, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.