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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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  • 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.

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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CRANE, PHILIP M, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $129,038.21

Average cost per trip - $8,064.89
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 23 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Business Development Inc.
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Participation in panel discussions on the future of law from a Congressional standpoint
Notes - Accompanied by wife Arlene Crane

Travel Cost - $3,242.00
Lodging Cost - $389.25
Meal Cost - $135.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,766.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - In-depth discussions of public policy issues affecting US-Italian relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Arlene Crane

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $9,120.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Port of Tampa Propeller Club
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - provide legislative update on status of PNTR with China with special emphasis on the phosphate industry
Notes - Accompanied by wife Arlene Crane

Travel Cost - $533.58
Lodging Cost - $423.04
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $132.00
Total Cost - $1,088.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Procomer
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Costa Rica

Purpose - To meet with government officials and industry representatives
Notes - Spouse Arlene Crane accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,048.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,048.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Arlene C Crane accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,249.66
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $12,286.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Inc.
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Vietnam

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Arlene C Crane accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $15,848.00
Lodging Cost - $2,614.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $19,562.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - to speak on legislative issues of the Ways and Means Committee relevant to CME
Notes - spouse Arlene Crane -- other includes entertainment and ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,616.66
Meal Cost - $664.00
Other Cost - $201.00
Total Cost - $5,381.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - Meeting with government and business leaders to discuss the economic conditions of the region; to discuss ongoing trade initiatives in the region
Notes - Other costs are for spa visit for Mrs Crane

Travel Cost - $4,436.70
Lodging Cost - $3,318.30
Meal Cost - $278.52
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $8,123.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement on congressional panel - Futures Industry Association Conference
Notes - Spouse Arlene Crane accompanied. Other costs are for golf

Travel Cost - $3,013.94
Lodging Cost - $1,549.81
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost - $303.75
Total Cost - $5,583.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - As chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Crane participated in events focusing on the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico
Notes - Spouse Arlene Crane accompanied

Travel Cost - $16,176.12
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,650.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational; Conservation Members Retreat
Notes - Other costs audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - To participate in "Washington Outlook" program during in the Futures Industry Association's annual conference
Notes - Arlene Crane, spouse-lodging cost combined

Travel Cost - $2,828.80
Lodging Cost - $1,590.39
Meal Cost - $643.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,062.23

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To attend the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES); to participate in the Leaders in Technology program providing a "hands on" opportunity to experience key technologies and discuss issues such as intellectual property, sales tax holidays, a
Notes - Arlene Crane, spouse-lodging expense combined-Dates of personal expense 01/13/2004-01/15/2004

Travel Cost - $2,837.20
Lodging Cost - $1,216.44
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,493.64

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in the annual Legislative Conference, which provides a comprehensive overview of the condition of the railroads and an examination of current transportation policy issues, including rail safety, economic regulation, environmental issues, ta
Notes - Arlene Crane, spouse-lodging expense combined

Travel Cost - $4,775.80
Lodging Cost - $978.00
Meal Cost - $920.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,673.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - To participate in the NASDAQ Leadership Summit, where we discussed the federal budget deficit, outsourcing, expensing of stock options and legal reform.
Notes - Arlene Crane, spouse-lodging expenses combined

Travel Cost - $2,477.40
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,484.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - To discuss various international tax and trade issues with EU officials
Notes - Chicago, IL - Budapest, Hungary - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $16,622.24
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $222.94
Total Cost - $19,043.49

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.