NYS TESOL Statement on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' Proposal to Eliminate the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA).


As many of you are no doubt aware, there has been an idea proposed by Education Secretary Betsy De Vos, to eliminate the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA).


As VP Advocacy, I want NYS TESOL members to be aware that we have taken the following actions: 


Advocacy Committee discussions of new developments as well as the possible implications of this change on NYS TESOL members and others in our field at the state level,


TESOL International Advocacy Summit 2018 discussions with attending members from many states in the US as well as a representative from Puerto Rico,


Individual advocacy meetings where we discussed the concern over eliminating OELA with representatives from the following offices on Capital Hill:


Congresswoman Carol Meng (D-6th)

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-8th)

Congressman Daniel Donovan (D-11th)

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-13th)

Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-14th)

Congressman Jose Serrano (D-15th)

Congressman Sean Maloney (D-18th)

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (D-21st)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Charles Schumer


Please also see the following letter signed by our national level field organizations, including TESOL International:


https://www.scribd.com/document/378828520/DeVos-OELA-Reorganization-Coalition-Letter


Also see this link for more information: (news articles)


http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2018/05/education_department_could_consolidate_OELA.html


http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2018/08/could_devos_scrap_the_federal_ELL_office.html


Please stay tuned as we continue to respond to this proposal.