Building on the momentum of the passage of the California State Seal of Biliteracy, advocates of bilingualism in New York State are pushing for the passage of the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. Modeled on the legislation passed in California, this legislation would offer students who are able to demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English a special seal affixed to their high school diploma.
You can read more about the New York effort at http://nyseibblog.ws.gc.cuny.edu
The bill is sponsored in the state Assembly by Carmen E. Arroyo (see her webpage at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Carmen-E-Arroyo ) and in the Senate by Joseph Robach.
You can see the text of the bills at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A10292&term=2011&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y and at http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S7522-2011
Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy idea and its history in California at http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/50575