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HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,183.90

Average cost per trip - $2,363.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 378 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose -
Notes - Alabama pilgrimage 35th anniversary of 1965 voting march

Travel Cost - $135.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Francesca M. Hoeffel

Travel Cost - $803.60
Lodging Cost - $868.89
Meal Cost - $690.94
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,403.38

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 Francesca and child Jake accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is for registration fee.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $1,498.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy conference
Notes - spouse Francesca M accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,480.50
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $944.62
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,779.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,421.00
Lodging Cost - $876.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,291.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Yellowstone National Park - winter use issue.
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,852.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,722.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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.