On July 31, 2012, the Governor of New York signed education legislation that Joe Robach sponsored in the New York State Senate. The bill recognizes New York State high school graduates who demonstrate education excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The purpose of the seal is to increase the prospect of a student’s future employment and success in education. The Commissioner of Education will award seals according to regulations developed by the Board of Regents.
As co-sponsor of the bill, Joe Robach said, “Giving the proper credentials for those students who are proficient in English and a second language will be instantly recognizable as an achievement of language proficiency for both higher education institutions and employers. Being proficient in English and a second language is a plus and we should give credit to those students for obtaining this education achievement. In today’s world, proficiency in both English and a second language allows our students to be better communicators both in institutions of higher learning and places of employment.”
This new education law, sponsored by Joe Robach takes affect on September 1st.