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Back to The Data

Office of

Kay Granger


Total cost of 27 office trips: $127,188.76


Trips by Kay Granger
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $34,926.93

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Texas Governor's Commission for Women
Purpose: TX WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Mar 4, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $618.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS AND BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE
Purpose: SPEECH AT THEIR ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,704.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DALLAS/FT. WORTH - ROME, ITALY - DALLAS/FT. WORTH
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,400.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,876.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY TO DFW
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $14,367.00
source

Destination: KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON, NAPA VALLEY, CA., MONTEREY, CA.
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,186.18
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,914.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BC
Sponsor: RADIO SHACK PAID FOR THE AIRFARE. THE MEMBER PERSONALLY COVERED ALL OTHER EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIP
Purpose: TO VIEW, AND DO FACT-FINDING, ON A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN VANCOUVER THAT IS SIMILAR TO A DEVELOPING PROJECT IN FORTH WORTH
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,680.25
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: ATTEND ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,181.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kay Granger

Nora Bomar
Christina Clayton
Robert Head
Johnnie Kaberle
Barrett Karr
Joe O'rourke



American RadioWorks |
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Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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  • 08.27.15

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    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball
  • 08.27.15

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