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American RadioWorks |
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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

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  • 06.11.15

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Trips by*

Doug O'brien


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,451.20


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Harkin

Destination: JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR FARM CREDIT FUNDING CORPORATION WITH OTHER SENATE AND STAFF MEMBERS
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: MEMBER OF PANEL DISCUSSING FUTURE OF CONTRACTS IN AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $225.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: ISRAELI SECURITY AND SOCIAL ISSUE BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,131.29
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY; TUXLA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INT'L; U.S. COMMITTEE OF THE UNFPA
Purpose: EXAMINE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN URBAN AND RURAL MEXICAN COMMUNITIES
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE ENRICHED URANIUM FACILITY AND NUCLEAR MEDECINE FACILITY
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,563.18
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Tribune Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR EXECS RE: COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES AND PRESENTED OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA IN CONGRESS
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,045.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAXTER HEALTHCARE, CATERPILLAR INC., ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, MIDWEST GENERATION, QUAKER, BOEING COMPANY, SERVICE MASTER COMPANY, UST INC., YELLOW CORPORATION
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO VIEW VARIOUS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND DISCUSS CHALLENGES AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $707.09
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: Qatar Center for Futuristic Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE; MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, US DIPLOMATS; REVIEW OF NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Doug O'brien.


American RadioWorks |
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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.