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MENENDEZ, ROBERT, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $48,578.06

Average cost per trip - $3,036.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 58 days
Rank of representative - 130 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Latino Elected Officials
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes - Member paid-not reimbursed for meals

Travel Cost - $1,252.00
Lodging Cost - $260.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,512.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Educational forum
Notes - Took wife, Jane Menedez - "other" is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,142.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,802.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - leadership roundtable
Notes - Took son, Robert Menedez, Jr.

Travel Cost - $3,873.00
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,633.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $490.40
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost - $216.94
Total Cost - $1,623.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Latino Law Review
Notes - other costs are for "transport in town"

Travel Cost - $210.00
Lodging Cost - $174.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $64.00
Total Cost - $448.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute
Dates - September 29, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speech at conference
Notes - other costs are for taxis

Travel Cost - $1,512.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $32.00
Total Cost - $1,544.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airline Executives
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - panel member at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,553.00
Lodging Cost - $875.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,928.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 20, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - meeting with new Mexican President and Gov't officials
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Jane Menendez. Other costs are for local transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,554.00
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $120.00
Total Cost - $2,834.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - CHCI Board Member
Notes - Spouse Jane Menendez attended but paid her own transportation costs.

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $639.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $970.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,015.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To participate in conference, speaking role
Notes - spouse Jane Menendez accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,832.00
Lodging Cost - $1,140.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $181.00
Total Cost - $3,953.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at Conference
Notes - Son Robert accompanying

Travel Cost - $4,708.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,617.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speak at Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $625.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $625.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL

Purpose - speak at winter executive committee meeting
Notes - child Robert Menendez accompanied - other expenses were for airport transfers

Travel Cost - $1,088.40
Lodging Cost - $611.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $1,999.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Hispanic Leadership Institute
Dates - September 18, 2004 - September 18, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Chicago, IL - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $324.10
Lodging Cost - $197.63
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $521.73

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Newark, NJ - Tel Aviv, Israel - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $3,707.60
Lodging Cost - $2,223.00
Meal Cost - $457.07
Other Cost - $1,495.67
Total Cost - $7,883.34

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

    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

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  • 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.