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THUNE, JOHN, Republican Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $15,711.64

Average cost per trip - $2,244.52
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 355 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding/education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $430.50
Lodging Cost - $310.64
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $806.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - agriculture committee planning
Notes - transportation is for bus ride

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $30.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Kimberley Thune accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,256.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,331.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - filed 5/8/02

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attend a legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,683.00
Lodging Cost - $1,844.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Grain & Feed Assn
Dates - March 31, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To serve on a panel at National Grain & Feed Association's annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,900.00

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.