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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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BLUMENAUER, EARL, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 33
Total cost of trips - $88,315.37

Average cost per trip - $2,676.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 115 days
Rank of representative - 49 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley, CA

Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $595.25
Lodging Cost - $92.50
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participate in their board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $398.00
Lodging Cost - $312.48
Meal Cost - $106.00
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $871.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boulder County Democratic Party
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boulder, CO

Purpose - Keynote at their annual dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $537.50
Lodging Cost - $125.16
Meal Cost - $26.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $688.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - October 5, 2000 - October 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,421.00
Lodging Cost - $314.04
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $114.00
Other Cost - $37.60
Total Cost - $853.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Planning Association
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in their annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $563.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $613.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia American Planning Association
Dates - March 27, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - Speak at their conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $295.66
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $310.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participated in board of directors meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $641.00
Lodging Cost - $553.36
Meal Cost - $218.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,412.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Partners LLC
Dates - January 19, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Moderate the LA mayoral debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,369.50
Lodging Cost - $135.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,579.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chautauqua Institute
Dates - August 26, 2001 - August 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,311.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $28.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,489.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact finding trip - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,333.05
Lodging Cost - $299.33
Meal Cost - $129.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,761.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boston Society of Architects
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Participate in Board of Directors
Notes -

Travel Cost - $619.50
Lodging Cost - $825.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,719.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Participate in 2001 bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 11, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at Rail-volution national transportation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - MacArthur Foundation
Dates - October 30, 2003 - October 31, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend meeting on regional governance
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,289.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Dates - February 20, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak to transit officials in LA
Notes - Other costs are parking

Travel Cost - $512.50
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost - $32.00
Total Cost - $709.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Conference on US Mexico Relations
Notes - Friend Margaret Kirkpatrick accompanied at personal expense

Travel Cost - $572.13
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,642.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harry Reid
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Reno, NV - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $1,129.50
Lodging Cost - $89.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,219.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Anne Blumenauer accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,263.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,913.20

Additional family members - Yes


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 - Friend Margaret Kirkpatrick accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Spouse Margaret Kirkpatrick

Travel Cost - $5,528.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,128.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - child Anne Blumenauer - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,233.80
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,708.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, Johnson Foundation
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Milwaukee, WI

Purpose - To speak at Progressive Mayors - New Cities Project Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Milwaukee, WI - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $709.06
Lodging Cost - $194.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $903.06

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - Depart: Portland, OR to Shanghai, China (3-26) Return: Beijing, China to Portland, OR (4-3)

Travel Cost - $15,456.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,788.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 19, 2004 - September 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Attend the Rail-Volution conference in LA
Notes - PDX - LAX - DCA Portland, OR - Los Angeles, CA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $810.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Attend the Railroad Leg. Conference in Florida
Notes - Florida - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $847.20
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,525.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Public Transportation Assn (APTA)
Dates - October 12, 2004 - October 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To receive an award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $826.10
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,045.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Attend the Realtors Legislative forum in Florida
Notes - Portland - Florida

Travel Cost - $679.00
Lodging Cost - $416.26
Meal Cost - $76.64
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,171.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Portland - Istanbul, Turkey - Portland Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,230.30
Lodging Cost - $2,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,630.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Annual meeting WTS - Advancing women in Transportation conference speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Phoenix - Portland

Travel Cost - $430.20
Lodging Cost - $195.86
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost - $52.00
Total Cost - $713.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Century Transportation Foundation, Community Office for Resource Efficiency
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To attend and speak at conference on global warming, energy independence and transportation
Notes - Earl Blumenauer: Portland, OR - Aspen, CO - Washington, DC Margaret Kirkpatrick: Portland, OR - Aspen, CO - Portland, OR Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,213.60
Lodging Cost - $1,395.00
Meal Cost - $109.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,718.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rail-volution
Dates - September 7, 2005 - September 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - To speak and participate in conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Salt Lake City, UT - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $825.40
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $1,545.40

Additional family members - No

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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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