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OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $25,049.02

Average cost per trip - $3,578.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 260 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressman John Conyers
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Maria Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catharine Street Community Center, Inc.
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $181.50
Lodging Cost - $203.96
Meal Cost - $385.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $770.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.50
Lodging Cost - $204.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $924.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SECME
Dates - July 15, 2002 - July 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,423.00
Lodging Cost - $637.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 6, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - 45th annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $889.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other: none disclosed spouse, Mira Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $2,971.40
Lodging Cost - $4,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $10,551.40

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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

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    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.