Dr. Richard Long has helped shape federal education policy for two decades. As Director of Government Relations for the International Reading Association he has worked with both the House and Senate to fashion laws such as IDEA and ESEA and to shepherd these laws through the rulemaking process of the Department of Education. He has been a valuable resource on reading issues for both houses when key federal education laws come up for reauthorization. He works tirelessly to keep the reading community’s message alive on the Hill.
He has been with the Association since 1978. He began as a part-time employee after serving on the staff of Congressman James W. Symington and working as Coordinator of Multidisciplinary Interventions at the George Washington University (GWU) Reading Center. While with the Association he completed his Doctoral work at GWU focusing on counseling, reading, and public policy and began consulting with USA Today, the World Health Organization, and several U.S. government agencies and education groups. He was president of the U.S. Coalition for Education For All and chaired the North American Consultation for the Education For All program. Advisory Council Directory
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