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Back to The Data

Office of

Thomas Bliley


Total cost of 88 office trips: $116,793.72


Trips by Thomas Bliley
Total cost of congressperson's 3 trips: $33,668.58

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,025.70
source

Destination: INTERNET PRIVACY SUMMIT
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-LEGISLATIVE ISSUES ON ONLINE PRIVACY
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $472.12
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Brown & Williamson Tobacco
Purpose: TOUR/SPEAK TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO; MEET WITH CEO OF BRITISH TRADE INTERNATIONAL
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $31,170.76
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Bliley

Jason Bentley
Ramsen Betfarhad
Dwight Cates
David Cavicke
Kevin Cook
Brent Del Monte
James Derderian
Amy Droskoski
Miriam Erickson
Dennis Fitzgibbons
Dick Frandsen
Carrie Gavorga
Tom Giles
Robert Gordon
Curry Hagerty
Hugh Halpern
Curry Haperty
Patricia Higgins
Joseph Kelliher
Nandan Kenkeremath
Rick Kessler
Chris Knauer
Jason Lee
Andy Levin
Justin Lilley
Robert Meyers
John Monthei
Michael O'rielly
Linda Rich
Amii Sachdev
Paul Scolese
Sue Sheridan
Robert Simison
Joseph Stanko
Alison Taylor
Bridgett Taylor
Cathy Vanway
Lori Wall
Consuela Washington



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 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.
  • 08.27.15

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    "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