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FILNER, BOB, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $7,701.55

Average cost per trip - $855.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 461 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council
Dates - May 20, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech and Acceptance of Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $389.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $649.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Moab, UT

Purpose - Inspection of Hazardous Waste Site - Background for app (illegible) request
Notes -

Travel Cost - $430.00
Lodging Cost - $92.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $597.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Sergeants Association
Dates - August 20, 2001 - August 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Accept award
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $912.00
Lodging Cost - $161.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $49.00
Total Cost - $1,167.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost - $176.00
Total Cost - $1,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Women's International Zionist Organization
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $355.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Education Association
Dates - June 30, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Human and Civil Rights dinner awardee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $425.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $972.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,507.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NEA
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech to convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.90
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $91.65
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $602.55

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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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    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.
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