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ISRAEL, STEVE, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $63,967.48

Average cost per trip - $6,396.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 83 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speech to AIPAC membership
Notes - Spouse Alana Israel, Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,044.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $1,189.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 6, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $225.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospitals
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - North Shore Long Island, NY

Purpose - tour of North Shore - Long Island Jewish hospitals and discussion of their Medicare concerns and needs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $246.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Touro Law Center
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech
Notes - accompanied by spouse Elana Israel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $462.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $462.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 15, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $306.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour of the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied.

Travel Cost - $38.23
Lodging Cost - $640.45
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regarding the Middle East process
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied. Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $6,686.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $10,829.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Collect information on Tsunami Relief efforts and homeland security
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Newark * Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) for 1/10 - 1/15 and 1/18 Communications Consortium Media Center (Sri Lanka Portion) 1/15 - 1/17

Travel Cost - $13,360.50
Lodging Cost - $1,120.98
Meal Cost - $514.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,996.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industries
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Notes - New York - Paris - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India - Paris - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,534.62
Lodging Cost - $5,735.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,270.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Fund
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational - To see firsthand the pressing issues in the Middle East, particularly disengagement
Notes - New York - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Travel within Israel - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,863.30
Lodging Cost - $2,376.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $2,991.34
Total Cost - $14,144.78

Additional family members - Yes

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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.