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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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BOUCHER, FREDRICK C, Democratic Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 39
Total cost of trips - $62,917.38

Average cost per trip - $1,613.27
Total number of days spent traveling - 103 days
Rank of representative - 86 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bell Atlantic
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote address to conference on wholesale telecommunications services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Coal Council
Dates - May 16, 2000 - May 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bristol, VA

Purpose - Keynote address annual Virginia coal conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $825.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $825.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - November 29, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Heidelburg, Germany

Purpose - Speech to electronic commerce forum on Internet related issues on the US agenda
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,100.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - August 23, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Keynote address at conference on convergence in telecommunications markets and migration of services to the Internet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,075.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Maryland Delaware Electric Cooperatives
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Keynote speech at annual conference on federal electricity restructuring legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 23, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech to convention of legislation regarding satellite board television services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Association of Realtors
Dates - September 23, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech at convention on Internet related legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Media General Inc.
Dates - October 9, 2000 - October 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech to Media General executives concerning federal legislation on information technology policy
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 31, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Oaxaca, Mexico

Purpose - Presentations at two forums on current Internet policy debates in Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $517.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $937.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Mercantile Exchange
Dates - August 15, 2000 - August 15, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Presentation to executive officers on prospects for electricity restructuring legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $185.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 27, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speech and participation in conference on current Internet policy issues in Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,080.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,660.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - November 30, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Speech at parliamentary conference on creation of an international Internet issues agenda
Notes -

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Travelocity.com
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speech and forum on internet privacy legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $475.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $625.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - Speech to conference on upcoming electricity restructuring legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $425.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,805.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - Speech to conference on legislation stimulating broadband deployment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech to annual convention of television digital transition matters.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,011.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,761.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Film Market Institute
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech to independent film-makers on proposed changes in intellectual property laws
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,175.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AOL-Time Warner
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference with executive officers and legal staff of AOL- TW regarding legislation relating its on-line music distribution services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $910.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Coal Council
Dates - May 21, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at VA Coal Conference on role of coal in the National Energy Strategy
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Digital Media Association
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speech to forum on the prospects for passage of legislation facilitating the delivery of music over the Internet
Notes - Other cost is for transportation to and from airport

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $175.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speech to Microsoft executives regarding intellectual property tour changes on the congressional agenda
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,020.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore International Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - Speech to conference on the US Information Technology Policy Agenda
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,125.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Media General Inc.
Dates - April 8, 2001 - April 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Conference with Media General executives on converged news services
Notes -

Travel Cost - $825.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Coal Council
Dates - May 20, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kingsport, TN

Purpose - keynote speech to annual coal conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jupiter Media Corp, Billboard Magazine
Dates - July 7, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - keynote address at annual Future of Music conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $65.00
Lodging Cost - $310.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $465.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - participation in Japan-U.S. dialog on information technology policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $12,619.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,619.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 19, 2002 - January 22, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - keynote speaker on prospects for legislation restructuring the wholesale electricity market at their annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $591.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,323.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech to forum on conservational (sp?) energy legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $295.00
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,037.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federal Communications Bar Association
Dates - May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech to annual conference on digital TV transition legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $245.00
Meal Cost - $48.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $293.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Presentations and spoke to transatlantic conference on discriminatory effect of European Union value added tax on digital downloads supplied by American companies.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 15, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Keynote speech to conference at Law School on legal rights of digital media consumers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $550.00
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $735.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wake Forest University
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Winston-Salem, NC

Purpose - speech to university forum on need to reissue the digital millennium copyright act
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $875.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - speech to conference on issues to be debated during reopening of the 1996 Telcom Act in 2005.
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $520.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association, Large Public Power Council
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - leaders in technology program; seminar; demonstrations; briefing on latest achievements in technology and political issues that are related to technology sector
Notes -

Travel Cost - $969.55
Lodging Cost - $912.33
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,111.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carolina-Virginia Rural Telephone Cooperative Association
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 19, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Roanoke, VA

Purpose - speech annual convention on upcoming federal telecommunications law changes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $127.00
Meal Cost - $9.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $136.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Salt River Project Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 6, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Presentation to executive officers of cooperative on treatment of public power entities in comprehensive energy legislation.
Notes - DC - Phoenix, AZ - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $652.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Large Public Power Council
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Speech to conference on treatment of public power entities in comprehensive energy legislation
Notes - DC - Phoenix - Tucson - DC

Travel Cost - $1,526.00
Lodging Cost - $254.00
Meal Cost - $122.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,902.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fiber to the Home Council
Dates - October 3, 2004 - October 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote address to annual convention regarding Congressional efforts to stimulate broadband deployment
Notes - Bristol - Orlando - DC

Travel Cost - $575.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $830.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speech to Microsoft meeting on elements of upcoming telecommunications law reform
Notes - DC - Seattle - DC

Travel Cost - $850.00
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,370.00

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.

Recent Posts

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    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.