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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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  • 08.28.14

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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

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    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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CHAMBLISS, SAXBY, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $72,705.50

Average cost per trip - $2,507.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 69 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - MeadWestvaco Corp., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Dates - September 24, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Speaking to Annual Govt. Affairs/Public Affairs Meeting
Notes - Meal expense included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speaking: receiving legislator of the year
Notes - Accompanied by wife Julianne Chambliss --- some of transportation cost covered by frequent flyer miles

Travel Cost - $475.50
Lodging Cost - $532.00
Meal Cost - $550.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,557.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Company
Dates - December 10, 2001 - December 10, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - Tour Plant Vogtle
Notes -

Travel Cost - $638.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $638.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speak to Future's Industry Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse Julianne Chambliss accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,777.63
Lodging Cost - $1,576.21
Meal Cost - $373.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,727.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Electric Membership Corp.
Dates - November 12, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Duluth, GA

Purpose - Speak to Georgia EMC annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $508.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $508.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia
Dates - November 17, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jekyll Island, GA

Purpose - Keynote speaker for annual convention
Notes - Spouse Julianne Chambliss accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,333.34
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,642.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MeadWestvaco Corp., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Dates - September 7, 2001 - September 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kingsland, GA

Purpose - Speaking to Public Affairs meeting of both companies.
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $540.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Banker Association
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Spoke to GBA annual conference
Notes - Spouse Julianne Chambliss accompanied. Meals cost includes registration

Travel Cost - $1,545.36
Lodging Cost - $532.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,077.36

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Notes - Spouse Julianne Chambliss accompanied

Travel Cost - $11,933.20
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,769.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association
Dates - May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ponte Vedra, FL

Purpose - speak to their annual meeting
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $649.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $919.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Quail Unlimited
Dates - February 1, 2003 - February 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - To speak at Maddox conservation dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Sugar Corporation
Dates - March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - meeting with U.S. Sugar and Florida Sugar Cane League members.
Notes - [Amended amounts 6/27/05]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $126.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia State Bar Association
Dates - June 14, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Remarks to the Georgia State Bar Association presidential inaugural dinner.
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $356.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Italy

Purpose - Fact finding trip to the Ansaldo-Camozzi Nuclear and special Components Facility in Italy.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $14,233.34
Lodging Cost - $1,811.92
Meal Cost - $2,866.55
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,911.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia
Dates - October 5, 2003 - October 5, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Athens, GA

Purpose - Terry College Gala auction
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $199.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $199.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heckler & Koch
Dates - October 14, 2003 - October 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Remarks at Heckler & Kock groundbreaking ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $801.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $801.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mobridge, SD

Purpose - Remarks at Dairy Farmers of America conservation Reserve Program annual Review Breakfast
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [Amended amounts 6/27/05]

Travel Cost - $1,211.00
Lodging Cost - $156.22
Meal Cost - $48.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,415.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carpet and Rug Institute
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dalton, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,111.32
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Remarks at Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter Crystal Ball
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $265.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fresno, CA

Purpose - Remarks to the Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter
Notes -

Travel Cost - $302.20
Lodging Cost - $84.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $386.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wake County Republican Party
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Remarks to the Wake County Republican Party President's day dinner.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,387.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,387.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Museum of Aviation
Dates - May 28, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Warner Robins, GA

Purpose - Remarks to the General Robert Scott Heritage Society Banquet.
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $41.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $131.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Dates - June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Remarks to Cotton Warehouse Association of America Annual Meeting
Notes - [amounts amended 6/27/05]

Travel Cost - $1,216.40
Lodging Cost - $394.11
Meal Cost - $544.62
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $2,215.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Assoc.
Dates - March 13, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Spoke at futures industry association 28th annual international futures industry conference
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $718.70
Lodging Cost - $1,677.15
Meal Cost - $351.95
Other Cost - $303.75
Total Cost - $3,051.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association
Dates - May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs are for airfare from Washington DC to Ponte Vedra, Florida to Atlanta, GA, lodging, and meals.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Remarks to National Wild Turkey Federation 23rd Annual Convention and Sport Show Annual Awards
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.20
Lodging Cost - $178.50
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Dairy Farmers of America Annual Banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,012.70
Lodging Cost - $254.00
Meal Cost - $121.00
Other Cost - $12.00
Total Cost - $1,399.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Remarks at Futures Industry Association's Annual Conference - Washington Outlook Panel
Notes - [Amended to increase amount]

Travel Cost - $1,167.80
Lodging Cost - $1,239.00
Meal Cost - $721.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,127.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sam Furrow
Dates - December 30, 2004 - December 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Flight for self and spouse - Ethics Committee approval granted Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report

Travel Cost - $1,359.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,359.00

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.