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MCCOLLUM, BETTY, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $31,939.61

Average cost per trip - $3,548.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 203 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Fairbanks, AK

Purpose - Fact finding trip to Artic Refuge
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,528.27
Lodging Cost - $359.33
Meal Cost - $129.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,017.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Congressional Heath Policy Conference
Notes - Location not specified on disclosure - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $880.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,150.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - May 26, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tongass Forest, AK

Purpose - to gather information on the Tongass National Forest as a member of the subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the Subcommittee on National Forests and Forest Health.
Notes - Boat trip was 5/27-6/1. The other days were travel.

Travel Cost - $1,328.42
Lodging Cost - $758.00
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,596.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To gain more in depth knowledge of current healthcare issues
Notes - other costs are for jacket and totebag

Travel Cost - $1,802.82
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,638.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Women's Democracy Center
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Purpose - Legislative exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $594.08
Lodging Cost - $423.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,017.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 19, 2003 (11 days)
Location(s) - South Africa

Purpose - To see first hand what is being done to combat the global AIDS epidemic
Notes - Personal expense between 08/09/2003 and 08/12/2003

Travel Cost - $6,668.03
Lodging Cost - $1,218.40
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,029.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Bank Parliamentary Network
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose - HIV/AIDS working group
Notes - other expenses were incidentals

Travel Cost - $6,799.37
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $210.00
Total Cost - $8,089.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Minneapolis - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Minneapolis

Travel Cost - $618.66
Lodging Cost - $1,351.31
Meal Cost - $466.20
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,471.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Public Lands Grazing Campaign
Dates - August 31, 2004 - September 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grazing Fact-Finding Tour
Notes - Minneapolis/St Paul - Bozeman, MT - Yellowstone / Yellowstone - Bozeman, MT - Minneapolis

Travel Cost - $566.84
Lodging Cost - $264.99
Meal Cost - $92.81
Other Cost - $4.58
Total Cost - $929.22

Additional family members - No

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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

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  • 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

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    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.