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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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DEFAZIO, PETER A, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $28,215.68

Average cost per trip - $3,526.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 230 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - fact finding tour of Tongass Ntl Forest
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrnie Daut

Travel Cost - $1,069.90
Lodging Cost - $1,117.98
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,207.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - Other costs are rental car

Travel Cost - $2,318.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $139.93
Total Cost - $4,417.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Maui, HI

Purpose - Aviation Issues conference, discussion with industry
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,600.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,257.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - discussion of current aviation issues
Notes - Other costs are for parking. Transportation costs are for round trip first class.

Travel Cost - $4,958.84
Lodging Cost - $824.48
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $6,319.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aviation Safety Alliance
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - discussion of aviation security post September 11
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,640.00
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,217.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Dates - June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,292.58
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $285.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,902.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-New Zealand Council
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (14 days)
Location(s) - New Zealand

Purpose - US-NZ trade issues
Notes - Other expenses breakdown: sight seeing flight over Milford Sound - $140; departure tax - $12.50; gratuities for baggage handlers - $7.50; escort/information staff from travel agent - $50

Travel Cost - $1,285.50
Lodging Cost - $1,145.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost - $210.00
Total Cost - $2,746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Air Traffic Controllers Assn
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Spoke to NATCA Conference
Notes - [location listed on personal financial disclosure statement]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $117.17
Meal Cost - $31.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $148.47

Additional family members - No

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.