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MILLER, BRAD, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $21,313.35

Average cost per trip - $3,044.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 289 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To study day to day operations at the markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,024.65
Lodging Cost - $230.18
Meal Cost - $47.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,302.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse Esther Hall accompanied. Meals included in lodging fee.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Education Mission
Notes - other costs include Security Costs (primarily), Room rentals, other misc.

Travel Cost - $4,722.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $6,620.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To study the workings of the NASDAQ Market; tour of NASDAQ Marketsite
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $646.99
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $646.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to study the day-to-day operations of the market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $938.38
Lodging Cost - $299.13
Meal Cost - $205.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,442.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage touring historic sites on the 40th anniversary of the voting rights march
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC Congressman Brad Miller contributed $500.00 personal funds to expenses

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund of the US
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Notes - Raleigh, NC - London, England - Frankfurt (Landstuhl/Ramstein Air Force Base), Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany - Charlotte, NC Personal expense: 7/3 - 7/5/05

Travel Cost - $7,305.65
Lodging Cost - $1,533.90
Meal Cost - $151.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,990.68

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

    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.