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A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.

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  • 04.22.15

    The First Gen Movement

    Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.
  • 04.15.15

    The Lost Children of Katrina

    In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
  • 04.08.15

    Saving a Women’s College from Closure

    Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
  • 04.01.15

    The Future of College

    Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.

American RadioWorks |
Candidates for teaching jobs in Washington, D.C. complete a writing sample as part of their interview. Photo: Emily Hanford, from ARW's "Testing Teachers" documentary

Green Teachers

A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.

Recent Posts

  • 04.22.15

    The First Gen Movement

    Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.
  • 04.15.15

    The Lost Children of Katrina

    In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
  • 04.08.15

    Saving a Women’s College from Closure

    Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
  • 04.01.15

    The Future of College

    Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.

Back to The Data

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 |
Candidates for teaching jobs in Washington, D.C. complete a writing sample as part of their interview. Photo: Emily Hanford, from ARW's "Testing Teachers" documentary

Green Teachers

A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.

Recent Posts

  • 04.22.15

    The First Gen Movement

    Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.
  • 04.15.15

    The Lost Children of Katrina

    In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?
  • 04.08.15

    Saving a Women’s College from Closure

    Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then activism.
  • 04.01.15

    The Future of College

    Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.