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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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EMERSON, JO ANN H, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $43,900.42

Average cost per trip - $3,376.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 145 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - itinerary attached; Jo Ann combined for lodging and meal=660;Ron combined for lodging and meal=290

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $252.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Missouri Bar Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jefferson City, MO

Purpose - to judge the Missouri Bar Association's "We the People" state finals competition
Notes - itinerary attached; spouse, Ron; invoice attached - travel reimb=152.83

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $93.59
Meal Cost - $59.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $152.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 22, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Rice
Dates - April 10, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Promote sales of US agricultural commodities to Cuba.
Notes - Spouse, Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses are for departure taxes

Travel Cost - $4,774.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $214.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $5,828.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - explore Cuba trade options and benefits
Notes - other expenses include airport tax.

Travel Cost - $1,528.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,420.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conway Data, Continental Airlines
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - agricultural summit
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses includes ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $742.00
Lodging Cost - $715.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,457.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding and research for foreign policy issues
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney and child Katharine Emerson accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Koloa, HI

Purpose - educational
Notes - with spouse Ronald C. Gladney

Travel Cost - $9,700.00
Lodging Cost - $3,431.60
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,531.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust Inc
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - To participate in seminars on legislative issues including demographic trends in CA, port capacity and security issues, and wine industry concerns (direct marketing and consolidation in the industry)
Notes - Washington, DC - Napa, CA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,049.25
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $917.74
Other Cost - $219.87
Total Cost - $10,504.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ohio Wesleyan Univ
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Delaware, OH

Purpose - Graduation speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Delaware, OH - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $95.28
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $64.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.17

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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.