Cuomo signs bill recognizing student proficient in languages
Posted at: 08/01/2012 1:55 PM
By: Emma Levine
ALBANY - A new bill was signed Wednesday that will recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in proficiency of one or more languages other than English with a state seal.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Wednesday that will put a state seal of biliteracy that will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading and writing in multiple languages.
“New York state should recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who have dedicated themselves to learning different languages,” said Governor Cuomo in a statement. “Acknowledging those students who have pushed themselves to do their very best and learn another language will provide them with an advantage when dealing with future employers and academic institutions. New York is a richly diverse state and these students are doing their part to ensure that we remain an active member of the global community. I thank Senator Robach and Assemblywoman Arroyo for their hard work on this legislation.”
The purpose of the seal is to increase the prospect of student’s future employment and educational success.