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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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BONIOR, DAVID, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $28,770.55

Average cost per trip - $1,438.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 226 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Judith N. Bonior

Travel Cost - $951.26
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $664.00
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,914.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - July 17, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Boston, MA - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $479.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $479.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Muslim American Youth Association
Dates - December 22, 2000 - December 23, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Speakers at conference were given complimentary rooms

Travel Cost - $1,404.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - July 17, 2000 - July 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Accompanied by wife Judith N. Bonoir

Travel Cost - $824.00
Lodging Cost - $601.92
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,725.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of Letter Carriers
Dates - August 1, 2000 - August 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - firefighters paid for airfare, letter carriers for hotel

Travel Cost - $372.00
Lodging Cost - $192.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $564.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 11, 2000 - February 15, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagements
Notes - Accompanied by wife Judith N. Bonior -- AFL-CIO paid for one nights lodging for member an spouse

Travel Cost - $1,149.00
Lodging Cost - $1,335.75
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,554.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Laborers' International Union of North America
Dates - October 12, 2000 - October 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $415.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans for Peace in South Asia, India Kashmir, Pakistan Anant Education and Rural Development Foundation
Dates - April 21, 2000 - April 27, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan - India - Kashmir

Purpose - Education fact finding
Notes - Accompanied by wife Judy Bonior -- helicopter transport within Pakistan-Islamabad to Muzaffarabad to Islamabad because time did not allow for travel by road and no commercial flight

Travel Cost - $9,270.00
Lodging Cost - $595.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $10,265.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League, New Jersey Chapter
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Teaneck, NJ

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Room was complimentary to sponsor

Travel Cost - $399.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $399.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Dates - June 28, 2001 - June 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,447.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,447.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.75
Lodging Cost - $232.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $57.00
Total Cost - $715.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - February 11, 2001 - February 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,114.50
Lodging Cost - $453.72
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,568.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers
Dates - August 6, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Harbor Springs, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $258.11
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $258.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Letter Carriers
Dates - May 20, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Harbor Springs, MI

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Judy N Bonior accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $259.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $259.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Union of Operating Engineers
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Judy N Bonior accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $168.54
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $168.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Auto Workers Idaho Region
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Onaway, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Judy N Bonior accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
Dates - July 7, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $509.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $509.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pakistani Association of North America
Dates - June 20, 2002 - June 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $225.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Auto Workers
Dates - June 3, 2002 - June 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $425.10
Lodging Cost - $101.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $526.60

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.