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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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COBLE, JOHN HOWARD, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $56,688.51

Average cost per trip - $3,543.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 108 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Rabat, Morocco - Marrakech, Morocco - Laayoune, Western Sahara

Purpose - To meet with member of Parliament along with officials in public and private sectors to discuss mutual US-Morocco issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $975.41
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $41.08
Total Cost - $1,754.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - To speak to the NC Broadcasters annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.50
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $675.57
Meal Cost - $75.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,334.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Copyright Society of the USA
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bolton Landing, NY

Purpose - Speech at the annual meeting of copyright group to discuss legislative issues involving copyright.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $88.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - To attend 2001 TransAtlantic Conference in Scotland
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,124.83
Lodging Cost - $2,299.50
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $7,037.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Attend briefing on issues affecting the music industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $823.50
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To deliver closing remarks at 5th international symposium, "managing IP assets in the new millennium".
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $6,775.19
Lodging Cost - $965.36
Meal Cost - $216.44
Other Cost - $31.26
Total Cost - $7,988.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 20, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Speech to Colloquium on Patent Pendency Reduction
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,715.80
Lodging Cost - $568.65
Meal Cost - $197.11
Other Cost - $32.98
Total Cost - $6,514.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,484.00
Lodging Cost - $1,972.41
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,676.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wrightsville, NC

Purpose - speech to broadcasters' annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $822.00
Lodging Cost - $206.96
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal

Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,165.04
Lodging Cost - $710.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $9,325.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Intellectual Property Society
Dates - March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech to the IIPS board meeting and symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost - $217.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable and Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Notes - Airfare donated by Lufthansa - value of ticket is listed.

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,720.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Mayo County, Ireland

Purpose - To attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland.
Notes - [Amended to show different sponosr] London part of trip filed separately - paid for by different sponsor.

Travel Cost - $1,028.97
Lodging Cost - $862.50
Meal Cost - $431.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,322.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference.
Notes - Also attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland. Separate report filedonthat trip. [Amended to change dates, amounts and purpose]

Travel Cost - $1,235.56
Lodging Cost - $730.69
Meal Cost - $373.15
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,339.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 3M, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - to tour 3M's facility to discuss issues impacting the company's role in transportation and homeland security fields and to observe in operation equipment that 3M manufactures in these areas.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $907.00

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

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    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.