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BALLENGER, THOMAS CASS, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $7,184.81

Average cost per trip - $1,436.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 467 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of Miami, Dante B. Fascell North-South Center
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - keynote North-South Center/U.S. Army War College Conference
Notes - spouse Donna D. Ballenger

Travel Cost - $1,879.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,989.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Coffee Association of USA, Inc.
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote conference, attend panels
Notes - Spouse Donna Ballenger accompanied

Travel Cost - $630.95
Lodging Cost - $524.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,405.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - ESOP Association Carolinas Chapter
Dates - February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Guest speaker and award recipient
Notes - Other expense: taxi

Travel Cost - $840.70
Lodging Cost - $144.48
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost - $155.48
Total Cost - $1,157.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colombian Coffee Federation
Dates - December 1, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bogota, Colombia

Purpose - Attend annual meeting of Coffee Federation, and Official business
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Bogota, Colombia - Charlotte, NC

Travel Cost - $1,991.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,141.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wilmington Bulk LLC
Dates - July 11, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC

Purpose - Tour of Wilmington Bulk Port Authority and lunch in Kenansville
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC - Washington, DC (Dulles)

Travel Cost - $471.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $491.00

Additional family members - No

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Minorities and Special Ed

For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.

Recent Posts

  • 06.23.15

    Learning from Video Games

    A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.
  • 06.17.15

    Teaching the Birds and the Bees

    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.