Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2A, inserted by section 1 of chapter 641 of the acts of 1987, the following section:-
Section 2B. In all public elementary and secondary schools, American Sign Language shall be recognized as a standard, independent language with its own grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and cultural heritage. Courses in American Sign Language may be taught for the purpose of contributing to a greater understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the language, and to encourage and enable increased interaction between hearing persons and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in society. School committees may credit such courses toward satisfaction of foreign language requirements.