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The academic advisor and whistleblower who reported some UNC Chapel Hill athletes were reading at a fourth grade level, has been invited to testify next week before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation which will focus on the welfare of NCAA athletes.

Mary Willingham told ABC 11 she accepted an invitation from Senate Commerce Committee chair Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Willingham stepped down from her position at UNC amid the academic scandal saying “it was a hostile environment& I was demoted and stripped of my title.”

Based on test scores, Willingham claims 60-percent of more than 180 UNC athletes she worked with read between a fourth and eighth grade reading level. She also described up to ten-percent as functionally illiterate.

School leaders brought in experts to examine the findings. That ended with Provost James Dean reporting those outside experts “finding ‘no evidence’ to support the literacy claims widely reported.”

Those with the University claimed the information Willingham used was not correct.

“The amount of data that was given to the expert was not the same data that I had given,” said Willingham.

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