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Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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BARR, BOB, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $53,297.98

Average cost per trip - $1,776.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 82 days
Rank of representative - 117 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Abescon, NJ

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.80
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $668.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
Dates - October 13, 2000 - October 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $358.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $358.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 15, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Bd. Mtg./Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $749.51
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $959.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 24, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fred Friendly Seminars Inc.
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $249.00
Lodging Cost - $225.60
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $674.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Franchise Association
Dates - April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $386.00
Lodging Cost - $202.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $588.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakenings Conference
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $115.00
Lodging Cost - $835.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC - Meet the Press
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Interview
Notes -

Travel Cost - $218.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Meals are included in lodging cost -- Accompanied by Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Arlington, VA

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.01
Lodging Cost - $137.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $542.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $728.00
Lodging Cost - $706.20
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,859.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $8,196.00
Lodging Cost - $471.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $9.63
Total Cost - $8,676.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Long Island, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,273.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $827.82
Total Cost - $2,100.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Republican Assembly, Fairbanks Republican Assembly
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speeches
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $834.00
Lodging Cost - $188.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,022.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $298.25
Lodging Cost - $272.80
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost - $108.09
Total Cost - $839.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Seminole County, FL
Dates - October 20, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $1,124.00
Lodging Cost - $140.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,264.61

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - March 13, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $554.65
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - November 18, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hampton, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Law School, GOP
Dates - April 24, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $97.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $97.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens United
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,292.00
Total Cost - $1,518.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $280.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect - Wednesday Morning Group
Dates - September 27, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Interview plus speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $692.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $692.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $169.50
Lodging Cost - $2,670.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,839.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federalist Society
Dates - April 2, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speech to the Richmond Law School Federalist Society
Notes -

Travel Cost - $101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $101.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $18,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Bankers Association
Dates - March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $784.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $784.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 12, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,173.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,173.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - meeting
Notes - spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $732.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,282.50

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.