Board members Claudia Dugan, Katrina Griffin, and Susan Spinnato were in Annapolis on Wednesday to support Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez’ bill, Maryland House Bill 86 – Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Act, which establishes a voluntary program to recognize high school graduates who have achieved proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. MFLA’s Board of Directors had already discussed collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and local school systems as well as representatives of institutes of higher education to establish and implement a Seal of Biliteracy program. Such a program will recognize the value of language learning and encourage students to attain high proficiency levels.
At the February 19, 2014 hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, Delegate Gutierrez introduced the bill, followed by testimony from supporters, including Susan Spinnato and one of Katrina Griffin’s students from North County High School, Brenda Melendez. We will update you on news about this exciting initiative.