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PITTS, JOSEPH R, Independent Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $33,008.42

Average cost per trip - $3,000.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 196 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA, Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $4,528.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Algeria

Purpose - Diplomatic meetings, visit refugee camps
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,009.76
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,209.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $63.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China

Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Notes - other-airport tax

Travel Cost - $3,216.50
Lodging Cost - $430.94
Meal Cost - $137.93
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $3,825.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Belarus

Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,000.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Viriginia Pitts

Travel Cost - $5,474.52
Lodging Cost - $1,086.43
Meal Cost - $945.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,506.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Fact finding/building coalitions
Notes - DC - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $936.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2004 - November 29, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Zaragoza, Spain

Purpose - Attend and speak at a conference of Parliamentarians on the issues of Western Sahara
Notes - Spain - Madrid & Zaragoza

Travel Cost - $2,748.10
Lodging Cost - $352.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WallBuilders
Dates - October 21, 2005 - October 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Dallas, TX - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $348.40
Lodging Cost - $195.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.50

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.