Statement Of Sen. Alexander - American History And Civics Bill Final Passage

Posted on December 7, 2004

The Senate today unanimously passed U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's legislation to create summer academies for outstanding teachers and students of American history and civics. The Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students are modeled after Tennessee's Governor's Schools, which Alexander began as Governor in 1983. The Senate-passed legislation was approved by the House on November 19, 2004 and now goes to the President for his signature to become law. Upon Senate passage, Alexander said: "High school seniors in the United States make the lowest scores of any subject in American history according to the National Assessment for Education Progress. That is disgraceful. "Here we are a nation at war. Our principles are being attacked, and we're not teaching our children what those principles are."