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BOSWELL, LEONARD L, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $22,648.63

Average cost per trip - $2,264.86
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 276 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - 2001 Bi-partisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $660.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Agriculture committee retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Darlene Boswell

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion on the 2002 Farm Bill and pheasant hunt
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $525.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,389.18
Lodging Cost - $1,047.08
Meal Cost - $1,061.96
Other Cost - $526.14
Total Cost - $7,024.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Des Moines Partnership
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 20, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Trade mission
Notes - Other costs are for 'registration fee' (includes ground transportation, visa fees, departure fees, some meals)_

Travel Cost - $1,257.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $2,137.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Community Financial Services Association Deferred Deposit forum
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,353.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,262.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Des Moines, IA

Purpose - World Food Prize Event
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington Dulles

Travel Cost - $1,010.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Ag Committee Members Visit to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade
Notes - Des Moines - Chicago - Washington

Travel Cost - $679.41
Lodging Cost - $615.71
Meal Cost - $143.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,439.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - DCA - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma - DSM Personal expense: ***$500.00 paid towards the cost of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No

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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.

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    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.