H. R. 3550
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 28, 2017
Mr. Larsen of Washington introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to clarify that ASL students are English learners.
This Act may be cited as the
Signing is Language Act.
American Community Survey
Section 3111(c)(3)(A)(i) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6821(c)(3)) is amended by inserting before the semicolon the following:
and, which, through consultation with such Department, the Secretary shall ensure includes the English learners described in section 8101(20)(C)(iv).
English learner definition
Section 8101(20)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801(20)(C)) is amended—
in clause (ii)(II), by striking
or at the end;
in clause (iii), by striking
and at the end and inserting
by adding at the end the following:
whose native language is American Sign Language, and who comes from an environment where American Sign Language is dominant; and