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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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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BROWN, CORRINE, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 21
Total cost of trips - $59,870.50

Average cost per trip - $2,850.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 93 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Miles Law School
Dates - May 6, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the annual law day banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $306.00
Lodging Cost - $106.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $447.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aviation Safety Alliance
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Discuss aviation safety issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost - $116.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,242.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding tour of the New York Exchange
Notes - Accompanied by child Shantrel Brown

Travel Cost - $515.14
Lodging Cost - $1,337.04
Meal Cost - $139.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,991.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speaker at legislative conference
Notes - Accompanied by child Shantrel Brown

Travel Cost - $2,836.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $675.00
Other Cost - $302.52
Total Cost - $5,014.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CBC Policy & Leadership Institute
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Conference to discuss issues relating to trade with the Caribbean and Africa
Notes - Child Shantrel A Brown accompanied

Travel Cost - $657.30
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,291.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Focus on how technology can be utilized to improve the quality of life in the Congressional District and to empower constituents.
Notes - Child Shantrel A Brown accompanied

Travel Cost - $880.00
Lodging Cost - $614.10
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,994.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Petroleum Institute
Dates - June 28, 2001 - July 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Fact finding energy summit
Notes - Child Shantrel A Brown accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,676.50
Lodging Cost - $1,720.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,146.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes - Traveled with staff member Yvonne Reed, whose expenses listed on same form - these figures are Member's expenses only.

Travel Cost - $4,203.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,867.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Royal Caribbean International
Dates - November 10, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Overview tour (meetings, demonstrations)
Notes - Child Shantrel A Brown accompanied

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 22, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Participate in conference which will provide overview of the condition of railroads and examine current transportation and policy issues
Notes - Child Shantrel A Brown accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,993.00
Lodging Cost - $1,124.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,817.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CBC Policy & Leadership Institute
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - to discuss common interests between the members of the CBC, CHC and CAC
Notes - child Shantrel Brown -- lodging includes meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,196.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jacksonville Airport Authority
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Amsterdam, Netherlands - London, England

Purpose - tour the airport baggage hold security system
Notes - other includes communication -- 305.20 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $1,125.70
Lodging Cost - $904.84
Meal Cost - $158.00
Other Cost - $14.64
Total Cost - $2,203.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - June 14, 2002 - June 15, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - establish priorities for proactive legislative agenda to expand affordable housing and home ownership opportunities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,414.50
Lodging Cost - $295.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,744.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - address conferees at the meeting and training conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $580.65
Lodging Cost - $535.54
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,201.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jacksonville Port Authority, Marine Division
Dates - January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - participate in a trade mission to develop business opportunities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $805.50
Lodging Cost - $532.16
Meal Cost - $46.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,383.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speak at legislative conference on legislative issues before the committee on transportation and infrastructure.
Notes - Child Shantrel Brown accompanied. Other costs are for rental car.

Travel Cost - $4,233.00
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $864.00
Other Cost - $134.00
Total Cost - $7,731.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - Participate in conference with corporate executives, ministers of government etc to explore business and trade opportunities between the US and countries in the Caribbean region.
Notes - Child Shantrel Brown accompanied. Lodging costs include meals and drinks and transportation to and from airports

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaker at legislative conference examining the current transportation policy issues by railroad industry officials.
Notes - Child Shantrel Brown accompanied. Other costs are for rental car.

Travel Cost - $1,244.00
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $1,032.00
Other Cost - $178.21
Total Cost - $3,702.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaker at legislative conference to provide overview of the condition of railroads and to examine current transportation policy issues
Notes - child, Shantrel Brown, other -rental car

Travel Cost - $3,610.80
Lodging Cost - $978.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $121.00
Total Cost - $5,429.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speak at the conference to provide an overview of the condition of the railroads and to examine current transportation policy issues.
Notes - Washington - Orlando - Washington

Travel Cost - $638.40
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,601.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference examining the current transportation policy issues by railroad industry officials
Notes - New York - West Palm Beach - Ft Lauderdale - Jackson

Travel Cost - $1,181.40
Lodging Cost - $1,036.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,917.40

Additional family members - Yes

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.