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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played a critical role in our country for decades. These higher education institutions have long been dedicated to serving the African-American community, even before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Fourth District is proud to be the home of the largest and oldest HBCU in the state, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Over the years, we’ve seen many of these colleges and universities grow into internationally-acclaimed schools, training hundreds of thousands of students for successful careers.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) will moderate a roundtable discussion, titled “The Science of Reading.” This briefing will feature dyslexia advocates, psychologists and educators, and will educate policy staff on the science and methods behind recognizing and addressing dyslexia.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, co-chair of the House Dyslexia Caucus
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted a briefing on dyslexia awareness and advocacy, titled “The Science of Reading: Understanding Dyslexia.” The event featured doctors, educators and activists, and followed the Say Dyslexia rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. Westerman gave the following remarks:
My ﬁrst exposure to public ofﬁce was in 2006, when I ran for the Fountain Lake School Board. Since my wife was a special education teacher, I’d realized the need for proactive approaches – based on the latest science of reading – to teach children the fundamentals of reading and writing. I did my best to make some of these changes to our local schools, and Arkansas is taking great strides in implementing these approaches.
Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) announced that they will once again co-chair the bipartisan House Dyslexia Caucus in the 116th Congress.
Principal Kay York of Ashdown High School is the 2018 Arkansas Principal of the Year. She has dedicated her life to the education of our next generation and has used innovation to expand opportunities for learning. I am grateful for the work Ms. York is doing for the students of Ashdown and all of the Fourth Congressional District.