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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

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Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

    President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

    Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

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  • 01.05.15

    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

    Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.