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From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

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  • 08.27.15

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American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.

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Office of

Ernest Istook


Total cost of 28 office trips: $91,427.32


Trips by Ernest Istook
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $72,810.57

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $387.00
source

Destination: UNION STATION TO THE GREENBRIER TO UNION STATION
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD.
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $441.00
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Washington Policy Center
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE & NEEDS.
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,258.63
source

Destination: PRAGUE TO VIENNA, AUSTRIA TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Center for First Principles
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEETINGS WITH US EMBASSY & GOVT. OFFICIALS IN EUROPE.
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $17,819.68
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CA
Sponsor: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. MEETING.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,621.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,611.00
source

Destination: LIHUE, KAUAI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND 2004 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY TO HAWTHORNE, NY
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: TOUR IBM NY RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Expense: $387.92
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK TO CHINA
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO EXPAND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN OKLAHOMA AND CHINA
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $13,848.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: MEMBER-SPOUSE RETREAT ON "HISTORICAL MEMORY & HEALING"
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,128.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC TO CHICAGO, IL. TO LOS ANGELES, CA. TO KONA, HAWAII. RETURN FROM KONA, HAWAII TO CHICAGO, IL TO OKC, OKLAHOMA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE AAAE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $12,239.02
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.41
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CLUB FOR GROWTH'S ECONOMIC WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,859.30
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY AND THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,856.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernest Istook

John Albaugh
Kurt Conrad
William Duncan
Deborah Shelby
Micah Swatford
Devery Youngblood



American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.