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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

Back to all reports


CARDIN, BENJAMIN L, Democratic Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $33,274.57

Average cost per trip - $2,772.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 194 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at MetLife education seminar on Pension and Retirement issue
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $497.50
Meal Cost - $229.91
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.41

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose -
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost - $374.00
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $667.71
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,340.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Myrna Cardin -- other include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,796.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,146.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tax Coalition
Dates - April 5, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - speak at The Tax Coalition annual forum
Notes - spouse Myrna Cardin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $856.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $856.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Attend conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,759.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,895.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Association of Counties
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at Maryland Association of Counties' annual conference
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beth El Congregation
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak to project Mishtacha at Beth El
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $159.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at JFK School of Government Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Myrna Cardin accompanied

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $972.86
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,421.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - attend congressional health policy conference
Notes - spouse, Myrna Cardin, other-none specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $112.00
Total Cost - $1,942.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at the Kennedy School of Government Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Baltimore, MD - Turnberry Isle, Aventura, FL

Travel Cost - $55.48
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $1,904.28

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Baltimore, MD - Lausanne, Switzerland - Baltimore, MD

Travel Cost - $7,103.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,503.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Assn of Counties
Dates - August 20, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at annual meeting
Notes - Baltimore - Ocean City - Baltimore

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $239.00

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.