Senator Alexander Visits University Of Memphis; Emphasizes Importance Of American History And Civics Education

Posted on May 29, 2003

MEMPHIS — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today updated Tennesseans on the first piece of legislation he has introduced, the "American History and Civics Education Act of 2003." After unanimous approval from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the bill now heads to the Senate floor. "This bill addresses the intersection of two urgent concerns that will determine our country's future," Alexander said. "These are also the two topics I care about the most: the education of our children and the principles that unite us as Americans. "It is time that we put the teaching of American history and civics back in its rightful place in our schools so our children can grow up learning what it means to be an American." Joining Alexander for the Memphis history event was Congressman Roger Wicker (R-MS), the House sponsor of the legislation; Memphis Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton; and University of Memphis President Dr. Shirley Raines. Student winners of Tennessee History Day events were also among those in attendance. Alexander's bill, S.504, creates summer residential academies for teachers and students based on the successful Governor's School program in Tennessee that Alexander implemented as governor. There are 20 co-sponsors of the legislation in the Senate, including Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA).