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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.

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BERMAN, HOWARD L, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 37
Total cost of trips - $136,557.96

Average cost per trip - $3,690.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 151 days
Rank of representative - 20 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - September 10, 2000 - September 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speak on Israeli/US relations
Notes - Other is airport parking

Travel Cost - $361.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $18.00
Total Cost - $379.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Participant and attended meetings
Notes - Accompanied by wife Janis--Other is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,526.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $360.00
Total Cost - $8,606.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 6, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participant on panel
Notes - Accompanied by spouse and two children Janis Berman, Lindsey Berman and Brinley Schwartz--reimbursed for children's meals ($90)

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $709.59
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,313.59

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participant in conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Janis Berman -- other is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,860.00
Lodging Cost - $448.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,704.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Janis -- Other is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,277.49
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $3,965.49

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - September 18, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Speaker at seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $576.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $3.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $579.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Child Lindsey Berman accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $684.00
Meal Cost - $310.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $994.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Attend and participate in meetings
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,558.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $7,283.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Attend and participate in meetings
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,315.36
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,815.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Cable Television Association
Dates - August 9, 2001 - August 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Tahoe, NV

Purpose - Participate on panel at Board's annual summer meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $348.73
Lodging Cost - $239.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $588.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Anti-Defamation League, B'nai Brith
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Speaker at Conference
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To participate in their spring seminar - spoke on panel
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs are for valet parking. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $19.00
Total Cost - $319.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Child Lindsey Berman accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - May 20, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - participated in seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $459.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $469.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - participate in and attend meetings
Notes - spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $9,430.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $14,230.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in and attend conference
Notes - spouse Janis Berman accompanied.

Travel Cost - $548.00
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,009.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,711.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,361.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Child Lindsey Berman accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,230.00
Meal Cost - $370.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,884.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,609.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of California San Diego Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
Dates - March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Notes - Other costs are taxi fare from airport to hotel

Travel Cost - $187.00
Lodging Cost - $131.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $38.00
Total Cost - $356.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intel Corp.
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Panelist on intellectual property issues at digital media summit
Notes - Transportation cost is airfare

Travel Cost - $208.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $208.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Monterey Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $240.00
Lodging Cost - $219.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $504.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - July 17, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour Sony Studios and participate in meetings with Sony officials
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $230.50
Lodging Cost - $452.58
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $823.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - July 21, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Participate in seminar
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation. Transport cost is airfare from Newark to DC.

Travel Cost - $276.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Child Lindsey Berman accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $904.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,254.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 22, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Participate in and attend conference
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman - other expenses were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,411.60
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,854.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - Attend and participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman - other expenses were airport transfers

Travel Cost - $1,771.40
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,686.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 20, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend and participate in forum
Notes - Spouse Janis Berman - plane tickets were one-way

Travel Cost - $2,622.90
Lodging Cost - $2,516.50
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,349.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Leaders Project Inc
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Jacksonville, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $337.20
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $912.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sakan Center for Middle East Policy
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Participate in Conference
Notes - meals/accommodations from Sakan Center

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,150.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,310.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC
Dates - October 23, 2004 - October 26, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood, FL - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $676.40
Lodging Cost - $662.67
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost - $209.76
Total Cost - $1,628.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Attend and participate in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Venice, Italy - Los Angeles, CA Personal Expenses 8/19 - 8/21

Travel Cost - $4,498.80
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,703.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Cable & Telecommunications Assn
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Tahoe, CA

Purpose - Participate in telecommunications conference
Notes - CCTA Summer Board Mtg in Lake Tahoe, CA

Travel Cost - $384.28
Lodging Cost - $273.20
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $732.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - Attend & participate in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $13,276.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $18,638.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak at two events
Notes - Los Angeles - San Diego, CA

Travel Cost - $265.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $360.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - Attend and participate in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,353.90
Lodging Cost - $2,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,753.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 6, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Participant in conference
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Aspen, CO - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse Personal expense: 8/2/05 Stayed with friends

Travel Cost - $598.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $938.00

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.