Reading & Literacy A National Roundup

Reading Association to Consider Conflict-of-Interest Proposal

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — May 31, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

An International Reading Association committee will consider a proposal made at the group’s annual convention in Toronto last week that would require IRA board members to report their financial ties to publishers, federal agencies, and other organizations.

Members of the Wisconsin affiliate of the 80,000-member organization made the motion in a delegates’ assembly, they said, to give members information about potential conflicts of interest among the organization’s leadership. The motion was in response to reports on the federal Reading First program that found U.S. officials and consultants appeared to promote certain products when advising states applying for the grants.

The Newark, Del.-based IRA issued a statement last fall, after the first federal review on Reading First was released, critical of the “intentional mismanagement” of the $1 billion-a-year initiative.

The motion was referred to a committee because it did not meet requirements for a vote. IRA President Timothy Shanahan said that the proposal might be too stringent to get approved by the board, but that the association would likely draft conflict-of-interest guidelines in the future.

A version of this article appeared in the May 23, 2007 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
Law & Courts Webinar
Future of the First Amendment:Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech
Learn how educators are navigating student free speech issues and addressing controversial topics like gender and race in the classroom.
Content provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
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
Start Strong With Solid SEL Implementation: Success Strategies for the New School Year
Join Satchel Pulse to learn why implementing a solid SEL program at the beginning of the year will deliver maximum impact to your students.
Content provided by Satchel Pulse
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

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

Reading & Literacy Opinion No, Fewer Books, Less Writing Won't Add Up to Media Literacy
NCTE’s call to “decenter” print media in favor of digital media has some troubling implications, argues Mike Schmoker.
Mike Schmoker
4 min read
conceptual illustration of a stairway of books leading out of a dark space filled with letters
Vanessa Solis/Education Week and iStock/Getty images
Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor Reading Recovery Debate Is ‘Polarizing’
The executive director of the Reading Recovery Community pushes back against criticism of the program.
1 min read
Illustration of an open laptop receiving an email.
iStock/Getty
Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery's Long-Term Effects
The popular literacy intervention showed dramatic benefits for 1st graders, but follow-up research points to drawbacks years later.
5 min read
Image of a young boy selecting books in the library.
Getty