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Group addresses UNC complaints to Ross

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An advocacy group wants the University of North Carolina system president to address the treatment of a former UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist who questioned the literacy levels of some school athletes.

In a letter to Thomas W. Ross on May 6, Government Accountability Project president Louis Clark wrote of concerns over "continued mistreatment, harassment and retaliation" against Mary Willingham, who left her job earlier this month.

She had told CNN in January that the majority of football and basketball players she studied from 2004-12 read at below-grade levels.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, which calls itself the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization, released a copy of the letter Wednesday.


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