American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.

American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.

Back to all reports


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

American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.