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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

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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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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    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.