WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement today after re-introducing a pair of education-related bills. Grijalva first announced the legislation at a press conference at Davis Elementary School last week during a visit to celebrate Love of Reading Week.
The FLUEnT Act(Families Learning and Understanding English Together Act) authorizes the delivery of family literacy services targeted to individuals in families with limited English proficiency.
The PRIDE Act(Providing Resources to Improve Dual Language Education Act) supports the expansion of dual-language programs in low-income communities designed to enhance and assess the bilingual skills of low-income and limited English proficient children from preschool through grade five.
“There is no greater avenue of upward mobility in our society than a quality education,” Rep. Grijalva said. “But an education is only as strong as it is accessible, which is why we cannot allow language barriers to stand in the way of any student’s opportunity to learn. The bills I re-introduced this week do more than provide English lessons to individual students – they ensure families overcome language barriers together and support community efforts to make sure every child has an equal opportunity to learn.”