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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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.

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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.

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ENGEL, ELIOT, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 25
Total cost of trips - $89,635.10

Average cost per trip - $3,585.40
Total number of days spent traveling - 115 days
Rank of representative - 47 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Participation in conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Pat Engel accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,627.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,031.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - participate in AIPAC's National Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $242.96
Lodging Cost - $543.50
Meal Cost - $152.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak at convention and meet w/ association members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,447.00
Lodging Cost - $1,128.04
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,750.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 3, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - MT - WY

Purpose - to attend legislative conference
Notes - dates at personal expense=07/03/2001-07/06/2001; spouse, Patricia

Travel Cost - $1,792.05
Lodging Cost - $960.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,102.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 12, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - to participate in NCTA Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,436.00
Lodging Cost - $1,468.89
Meal Cost - $89.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,993.89

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - spouse, Patricia; lodging expenses includes meals

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,572.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Confederation of Ukraine
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Ukraine - Belarus

Purpose - to attend anniversary celebration of Babiy Yar Tragedy
Notes - meal expenses included in lodging; dates at personal expense=10/01/2001-10/03/2001

Travel Cost - $4,420.00
Lodging Cost - $555.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,975.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Participate in 2002 legislative conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Patricia Engel.

Travel Cost - $711.06
Lodging Cost - $2,201.18
Meal Cost - $830.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,742.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 14, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participate in AIPAC dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $211.50
Lodging Cost - $249.76
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IDT Corporation
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - meeting with Jonathan Pollard
Notes -

Travel Cost - $187.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $187.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - October 6, 2002 - October 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To participate in AIPAC's summit meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $929.50
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $183.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,303.13

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Patricia Engel accompanied. Meals included in lodgings.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation in National Association of Broadcasters 2003 Convention
Notes - Spouse Patricia Engel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,245.00
Lodging Cost - $2,260.30
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,655.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Israel

Purpose - Participate in meetings with elected and community leaders
Notes - Child Jonathan Engel accompanied. Other costs are for bus, guides, and admission fees.

Travel Cost - $5,257.20
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $370.00
Other Cost - $934.00
Total Cost - $7,441.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Summit
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 15, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Participate in summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,500.00
Lodging Cost - $836.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,481.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Child Jonathan Engel accompanied. August 6-8th were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $3,861.20
Lodging Cost - $890.20
Meal Cost - $232.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,983.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Participate in National Association of Broadcasters radio show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $334.00
Lodging Cost - $404.00
Meal Cost - $138.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $876.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - participate in 2004 International CES
Notes - with SeRoy Engel - first and last days of trip at personal expense

Travel Cost - $556.10
Lodging Cost - $2,432.88
Meal Cost - $1,010.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,998.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - January 12, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - La Jolla, CA - FL

Purpose - participate in AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - with SeRoy Engel

Travel Cost - $2,743.29
Lodging Cost - $652.00
Meal Cost - $640.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,035.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - participation in annual convention
Notes - with child Julia Engel

Travel Cost - $4,153.69
Lodging Cost - $687.27
Meal Cost - $426.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,267.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 22, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Participate in and attend the Association of American Railroad's Legislative Conference
Notes - Washington - Florida - Washington Personal Expense 2-21 to 2-22

Travel Cost - $1,538.22
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,941.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 4, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation in Annual Gala
Notes - Washington - Las Vegas - Washington

Travel Cost - $1,971.38
Lodging Cost - $486.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,458.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Krakow, Poland - Warsaw, Poland

Purpose - Exploring 1000 years of Jewish presence on Polish Soil
Notes - Washington - Krakow - Warsaw - Washington

Travel Cost - $3,011.00
Lodging Cost - $345.00
Meal Cost - $166.00
Other Cost - $37.00
Total Cost - $3,559.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 16, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Notes - Washington - Las Vegas - Washington Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,467.20
Lodging Cost - $2,043.75
Meal Cost - $822.61
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,333.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Albanian American Council
Dates - July 1, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Albania

Purpose - To monitor Albanian parliamentary elections & to meet with various leaders throughout the Balkans
Notes - Washington - Albania - Montenegro - Kosovo - New York

Travel Cost - $4,982.00
Lodging Cost - $1,120.00
Meal Cost - $770.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,872.00

Additional family members - Yes

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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.