Legal Status of official English in Virginia
In 1981, and again in 1996, this state passed a statute declaring English to be the state’s official language.
Official Language Law of Virginia (1996)
CODE OF VIRGINIA, CHAPTER 829 (1996)
CHAPTER 7. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.
§7.1-42. English designated the official language of the Commonwealth.
English shall be designated as the official language of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Except as provided by law, no state agency or local government shall be required to provide and no state agency or local government shall be prohibited from providing any documents, information, literature or other written materials in any language other than English.
§22.1-212.1. Obligations of school boards.
Pursuant to §7.1-42, school boards shall have no obligation to teach the standard curriculum, except courses in foreign languages, in a language other than English. School boards shall endeavor to provide instruction in the English language which shall be designed to promote the education of students for whom English is a second language.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN VIRGINA
|735,191||All languages other than English combined|
|316,274||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|40,117||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|5,563||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|1,069||Other Native North American languages|