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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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BURR, RICHARD M, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $45,871.40

Average cost per trip - $5,733.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 138 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference on legislative process in commerce issues
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $433.26
Meal Cost - $30.70
Other Cost - $130.00
Total Cost - $1,153.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Universal Corporations, Tobacco Asso. Of US, Led Tobacco Exporters Asso.
Dates - May 28, 2000 - May 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Address to Tobacco Asso. And Annual Meeting and Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Brooke Burr

Travel Cost - $1,223.92
Lodging Cost - $550.20
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,934.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - legislative briefing and tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $818.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $828.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Marseilles, France - Paris, France

Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Notes - Spouse Brooke Burr accompanied. Transport costs include ground transportation in France.

Travel Cost - $14,577.80
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,413.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain

Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Notes - spouse Brooke Burr -- July 5-6 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $12,417.30
Lodging Cost - $2,450.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $16,907.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes - Invoice for room includes two pool bar beverages and tip and a $105 'spa service'. NAB fax also mentions extra $90 transportation cost as well as airfare, not listed on form.

Travel Cost - $2,627.50
Lodging Cost - $637.22
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,414.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,226.00
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $533.00
Total Cost - $2,469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, Inc.
Dates - February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

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

  • 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.