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Celebrating International Education Week And Recognizing North Carolina’S Efforts To Advance Global Education November 19, 2015
David Price, D-NC
"Mr. Speaker, this week, November 16-20, marks the 16th annual International Education Week (IEW), which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that serves as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide and encourages participation in them. This important week is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. I want to recognize some of the efforts within my home state of North Carolina to provide a global education experience to as many students as possible. The theme of this year’s IEW is `International Education: Advancing Access for All,’ which is critical because opportunities to learn global competency skills are not currently accessible to all students. I want to call attention to the North Carolina State Board of Education, whose members help to guide NC’s global education efforts via their 2013 report, `Preparing Students for the World: Final Report of the State Board of Education’s Task Force on Global Education.’ As noted in this report, “Students in North Carolina are no longer preparing for future jobs in North Carolina. They are preparing to work and compete in a global workplace. The impact of cultural sensitivities and the capability to collaborate in a diverse international setting … cannot be understated. Our State Board of Education in North Carolina is rightfully focusing on these skill areas, as they will become even bigger factors and differentiators in determining the future success of our students.” At least in part due to this statewide focus on global education, there are an increasing number of course offerings and enrollment in language studies and an increasing number of K-12 dual language/immersion programs in North Carolina. Today, there are at least 15 world languages being taught in our state’s K-12 schools, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Hindi. And there are over 100 programs—a number that is rapidly growing—utilizing several different learning models being implemented in school districts across the state. The State Board of Education recently designated Piedmont Middle School as the first Global-Ready School under the Board’s Global Education Strategic Plan and 15 schools have indicated an intent to apply for this designation in the upcoming year. I am also proud that North Carolina is home to the nation’s first statewide Global Schools Network that serves to connect teachers, school administrators, non-profit and for-profit partners with a deep commitment to international education and 21st century student preparation. The Network’s founding partner is VIF International Education, based in my district, an organization that supports the efforts of more than 180 Global Schools in 22 districts across the state. These schools are a mix of urban, rural, low-wealth, affluent, magnet and traditional sites and each provides school-wide access to global learning experiences via international exchange programs, global competence training for all teachers, a school-wide global curriculum, virtual classroom to classroom partnerships, and/or dual-language/immersion programs. VIF’s mission of `Global Education for All’ serves as a rallying cry for the schools statewide. Our North Carolina universities further help to advance global competencies at the undergraduate and graduate level. For example, the statewide University of North Carolina (UNC) system hosts a myriad of global education programs, including World View, which provide daily proof of the positive impact of international exchange. And the Center for International Understanding (CIU), a program of UNC General Administration, is working to develop a first-in-the-nation strategy for North Carolina’s business, government, nonprofits and educational institutions to strategically engage globally. Many of our state’s universities are also using IEW as an opportunity to inform students about how to participate in Study Abroad programs or other opportunities for international learning that encourage the exchange of knowledge and understanding and promote enlightened and responsible global citizenship. The UNC system-to-system student exchange partners currently total 32 campuses in seven countries, and individual UNC campuses offer numerous additional opportunities for students to study or intern overseas. In the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 6,300 UNC system students participated in a study abroad program, studying in 89 known countries, and the percentage of students participating expected to increase in future years. Further, there are global certificate programs at 6 UNC campuses and most campuses are developing strategies to enhance such offerings. There are also countless faculty-to-faculty interactions that occur across nations in a variety of ways, primarily through research. During this International Education Week, I rise to celebrate these and the many other North Carolina-based organizations that are working day-in and day-out to ensure that our state continues to benefit from the efforts of international education. Further, I re-state my commitment to working this week, and every week, to help ensure that global competence is the norm rather than the exception for every student."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions November 19, 2015
Roger Wicker, R-MS
"It is an opportunity to provide a very meaningful chance for Bosnians and Herzegovinians to live the good life and remain in the area, but it is also in the absolute national security interests of the United States of America. We can’t tend to everything, but we saw 20 years ago—25 years ago and forward—with the war in the Balkans what could happen and what almost happened to security in all of Europe. We know this has been a flash point down through the decades and even the centuries. To the extent that we can address some things that we didn’t get done at Dayton, this will help people in the region and the former Yugoslavia and also help the United States of America."
Unanimous Consent Request—S. 2302 November 19, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Just yesterday I received a letter from former NRA president David Keene and Georgetown Law professor David Cole, in their roles with The Constitution Project. They urge opposition to this bill because it “serves virtually no practical purpose, raises serious constitutional concerns, and would do nothing to keep America safe.” These are strong words, and I take these concerns seriously. Rushing a bill to the floor when that very bill is already scheduled for consideration by the committee of jurisdiction is not a responsible approach to legislating. And when legislation involves something as fundamental as citizenship, we should give the judiciary committee an opportunity to consider and debate this bill before it is brought to the Senate floor."
The Anniversary Of Executive Action On Immigration November 19, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Some in Congress claim that the President’s executive action undermined the prospect of achieving comprehensive immigration reform. But I remind them that the President’s action—prompted by congressional inaction—is not an excuse for continued congressional inaction. We must keep working to find a permanent legislative solution that provides today’s immigrants with an opportunity to prosper and contribute to our country. As families across the Nation gather next week around the table to give thanks, we will all count our family members and their security among our greatest blessings. Our fight for comprehensive immigration reform is at its core a fight to help reunite families and provide the security that we all want for our loved ones. I urge Republicans to return to the cooperative and bipartisan approach of 2013 and work on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The American people support immigration reform. It is the right thing to do, and it should not be delayed any longer."
Reforming Cfpb Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act November 18, 2015
Ed Perlmutter, D-CO
"We have kind of a collision of these two principles today. One is that there is the potential for the disparate treatment of people—discrimination—which all of us abhor and that we want to see rooted out by root and branch. The other is that, before you do a major policy in this country, there is always notice and an opportunity to be heard. That is where the collision comes in today."

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