Federal A Washington Roundup

U.S. Said to Probe Williams’ PR Contract

By Michelle R. Davis — October 25, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington is investigating the public relations arrangement between the Department of Education and commentator Armstrong Williams, according to a senator who requested the inquiry.

The federal prosecutor’s office is investigating whether Mr. Williams was paid for work that he did not perform under a contract to promote the No Child Left Behind Act, according to an Oct. 14 release from the office of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. The prosecutor’s office confirmed to The Washington Post that it was investigating the matter, but had no further comment.

Through a contract with a larger public relations firm, Mr. Williams was paid to promote the school accountability law in 2003 and 2004, though he did not acknowledge the contract in newspaper columns he wrote on the issue or when he was interviewed on cable TV news programs.

The arrangement between Mr. Williams and the Education Department, which caused a major stir when it became public earlier this year, has also been investigated by the department’s inspector general’s office and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. The GAO found earlier this month the department violated federal law because Mr. Williams’ work constituted covert propaganda. (“GAO: Armstrong Williams PR Contract Violated Law,” Oct. 12, 2005.)

Through a spokesperson, Mr. Williams told the Post that he had no comment on the investigation.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the October 26, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attend to the Whole Child: Non-Academic Factors within MTSS
Learn strategies for proactively identifying and addressing non-academic barriers to student success within an MTSS framework.
Content provided by Renaissance
Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum How to Teach Digital & Media Literacy in the Age of AI
Join this free event to dig into crucial questions about how to help students build a foundation of digital literacy.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Federal In Wake of Trump Assassination Attempt, Biden Calls for Unity and Investigation Gets Underway
President Biden condemns violence, the FBI searches for a motive, and Trump heads to RNC.
3 min read
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa.
Former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents after being struck by gunfire at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. The day after the attempted assasination of the Republican nominee for president, Trump arrived in Milwaukee ahead of the start of the Republican National Convention and President Joe Biden gave a prime-time address, saying "politics must never be a literal battlefied. God forbid, a killing field."
Evan Vucci/AP
Federal Project 2025 and the GOP Platform: What Each Says About K-12 in a 2nd Trump Term
A side-by-side look at what the two policy documents say on key education topics.
1 min read
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Doral, Fla.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Doral, Fla.
Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Federal What the 2024 GOP Platform Says About K-12 and What It Would Mean If Trump Wins
We break down what the GOP's 2024 policy platform says about education.
7 min read
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Doral, Fla.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Doral, Fla.
Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Federal Q&A Ed Research Isn't Always Relevant. This Official Is Trying to Change That
Matthew Soldner, the acting director of the Institute of Education Sciences, calls for new approaches to keep up with classroom tools.
5 min read
USmap ai states 535889663 02
Laura Baker/Education Week with iStock/Getty