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FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI, Democratic Party
American Samoa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $86,121.62

Average cost per trip - $8,612.16
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 54 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - USO Missouri, Howard Johnson Hotels
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Asia Pacific Heritage Month speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $485.00
Lodging Cost - $1,010.00
Meal Cost - $435.00
Other Cost - $245.00
Total Cost - $2,175.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Samoa for all of Sacramento
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes - Daughter Taualai Hunkin accompanied.

Travel Cost - $21,183.86
Lodging Cost - $3,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $25,483.86

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Japan legislative exchange program at George Washington University
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin - other covered phone calls and faxes at hotel

Travel Cost - $55.14
Lodging Cost - $339.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $52.90
Total Cost - $448.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Notes -

Travel Cost - $346.70
Lodging Cost - $208.00
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - mark 50th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement on the Korean peninsula. Will meet with senior official re Korea/United States relations. Visit American Troops at DMZ
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin

Travel Cost - $20,498.84
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,098.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - Enhance US - Kazakhstan relations. Discuss nuclear nonproliferation
Notes - DC - Kazakhstan - San Francisco - Apia

Travel Cost - $22,373.70
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $24,373.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - May 12, 2004 - May 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Build relationship with newly elected President of the Republic of Korea
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Notes - Dulles, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Taipei, Taiwan - Los Angeles, CA - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $6,380.00
Lodging Cost - $1,120.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,100.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
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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.

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.