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H.R. 3550 (115th): Signing is Language Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3550

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to clarify that ASL students are English learners.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Signing is Language Act.

2.

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).

3.

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—

(1)

in clause (ii)(II), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in clause (iii), by striking and at the end and inserting or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(iv)

whose native language is American Sign Language, and who comes from an environment where American Sign Language is dominant; and

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