H.R.2549 - BEST Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 06/27/2013)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce|
|Latest Action:||09/13/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.|
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Summary: H.R.2549 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/27/2013)
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 language outside of school to participate in such programs.
Prohibits states from charging students an application fee.