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JOHN, CHRIS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $40,745.91

Average cost per trip - $2,910.42
Total number of days spent traveling - 49 days
Rank of representative - 161 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - speech and participation in Annual leadership retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $1,081.00
Lodging Cost - $1,081.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,962.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $135.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $735.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Indigo Institute
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speaker-policy conference
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $4,977.00
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,597.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Hyde Park Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost - $13.00
Total Cost - $564.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Ag Committee retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $390.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beer Institute
Dates - November 20, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaker and participant at membership meeting
Notes - spouse-Payton John, photocopied page; meal expenses included in lodging. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,450.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - 2001 Spring Retreat
Notes - Spouse Payton John, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $209.50
Lodging Cost - $1,010.00
Meal Cost - $680.00
Other Cost - $302.00
Total Cost - $2,201.50

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose -
Notes - Spouse Payton John, meals incl with lodging

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC spring retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Payton John. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $552.50
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $488.50
Other Cost - $165.41
Total Cost - $2,035.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - GA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,023.50
Lodging Cost - $1,300.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,723.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 23, 2003 - March 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cabin Bluff, GA

Purpose - Address Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Summit
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $1,191.00
Lodging Cost - $1,666.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,857.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Payton John accompanied

Travel Cost - $7,710.96
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,854.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Lafayette, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Traveled route of I-49
Notes - I-49 International Coalition, not I-94 - assume this is an error.

Travel Cost - $950.05
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,245.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Democratic Leadership Council Retreat
Notes - Spouse Payton John accompanied

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $456.48
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,993.60

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.