Mississippi Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Q. Porter and contract employee Elton Stokes, Jr. went to a conference at Disneyworld on the taxpayer's dime. Steve Wilson reported at Watchdog.org this week:
*$631 airfare to fly from Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida
* $315 per night for four nights for hotel stay (Total: $1,260) at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (A "lagoon view" is mentioned.)
* $551 airfar to fly from Orlando, Fl. to Austin, Tx. for another conference
Mr. Stokes attended the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems regional meeting in November 2015 as well. He charged airfare ($509), lodging at the Orlando World Center Mariott ($285 for two nights), and $168 in other expenses to MDE. Dr. Porter approved the payment of these expenses.
Dr. Porter approved all expenses.