Sen. Sessions visits TROY campus to discuss literacy

Posted: Friday, 24 August 2007

TROY—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions met with Troy University College of Education faculty and students Friday to promote literacy education.

The Senator voiced his support for the Striving Readers program, which would provide funding nationwide for literacy initiatives serving students in grades 4-12 and would complement the Reading First program for grades K-3.

Sen. Sessions said data show that 70 percent of middle and high school students are not reading on grade level, leading to higher dropout rates and higher numbers of graduates who lack the reading skills to succeed in college and the workplace.

“If you can’t read effectively, then tell me how you are going to do high school work,” Sen. Sessions said. He pointed to the success of the Alabama Reading Initiative as a model of teaching reading that is being copied by other states, including Florida and Massachusetts.

Sessions spoke to more than 100 TROY students majoring in education and several members of the College of Education faculty in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. He was introduced by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, who praised Sen. Sessions for his interest in promoting literacy at all levels of education.

Sen. Jeff Session holds a Troy University tee-shirt that was presented to him by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. Friday during his visit to campus.

Dr. Lance Tatum (right), dean of Troy University’s College of Education, greets Sen. Jeff Sessions Friday during the congressman’s visit to the Troy Campus. Sessions spoke to more than 100 TROY students majoring in education and members of the College of Education faculty about the importance of literacy initiatives in preparing Alabama’s students for higher education and the workplace.