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Embattled Former Literacy Specialist Sues U. of North Carolina

Mary C. Willingham, a former learning specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose research called into question the literacy of athletes there, has sued the university, WRAL-TV reports.

Ms. Willingham, who resigned at the end of the spring semester, told the station that she had asked the UNC system’s Board of Governors to reinstate her. The university said in April that an external review had found that her claims about athletes’ literacy were unsupported. She did not offer details about the suit, which was filed on Monday.

News of the lawsuit comes one day after the university announced that the NCAA had reopened its 2011 investigation of academic irregularities on the campus. Individuals “who were previously uncooperative” were now said to be willing to talk to NCAA staff members.

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