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BIGGERT, JUDY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $24,219.00

Average cost per trip - $2,421.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 267 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on educational reform
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert--"stayed in the same room"

Travel Cost - $1,810.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,470.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Dates - October 16, 2000 - October 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - To address NAEHCY
Notes -

Travel Cost - $476.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $476.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fundraising for the GOP Main Street Partnership
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert

Travel Cost - $1,462.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
Dates - June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mainstreet Republican Partnership
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose -
Notes - spouse Rody Biggert -- no purpose indicated

Travel Cost - $2,876.26
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Dates - June 10, 2002 - June 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Participate in conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,499.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $1,144.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,439.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - a summit to augment the relationships and concerns between business leaders and government officials
Notes - Spouse Roddy Biggert - his itinerary was Chicago to Miami to Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,263.78
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,270.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - October 17, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak as part of a lecture series that former Congressman Martin Frost is organizing at the Kennedy School. The subject was the Judiciary and the relationship w/ Congress.
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA / Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $403.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $403.40

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

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