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FLAKE, JEFF, Republican Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $27,996.20

Average cost per trip - $2,333.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 232 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,183.20
Lodging Cost - $2,023.70
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $11,584.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
Dates - September 7, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip; government meetings.
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,520.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake and children Ryan, Alexis, Tanner, Austin, and Dallin accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,832.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding, meetings
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Speak on panel at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,421.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cato Institute
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - CATO Institute annual benefactor summit, participated as speaker
Notes - Other costs are listed on otherwise identical forms as for 'activity' or 'discussion group during boat ride'

Travel Cost - $1,854.60
Lodging Cost - $283.40
Meal Cost - $141.75
Other Cost - $145.25
Total Cost - $2,425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative members retreat
Notes - Washington DC - Baltimore, MD

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $191.91
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $519.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Notes - DC - Ft Myers, FL - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $856.60
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact- finding
Notes - Phoenix - Miami - Cuba / Cuba - Miami - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $271.00
Meal Cost - $142.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,121.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Notes - Phoenix - Palm Beach - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $279.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,729.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - April 29, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To speak at Heritage luncheon
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $324.20
Lodging Cost - $228.65
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arizona Economic Forum
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Flagstaff, AZ

Purpose - Speak on panel re: immigration at the Arizona Economic Forum Annual Conference
Notes - Phoenix - Flagstaff, AZ Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $218.10
Meal Cost - $18.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $236.98

Additional family members - Yes

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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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    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.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
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