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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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FLETCHER, ERNIE, Republican Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $49,404.30

Average cost per trip - $4,117.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 53 days
Rank of representative - 127 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,507.20
Lodging Cost - $1,258.90
Meal Cost - $870.64
Other Cost - $79.90
Total Cost - $3,716.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Medical Association
Dates - March 26, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - National Leadership Development Conference panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,355.50
Lodging Cost - $223.88
Meal Cost - $92.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,671.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business and Industry PAC, National Assn of Business PACs
Dates - November 16, 2000 - November 19, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speak to both groups regarding 107th Congress
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied; note: Groups had incomplete data and some that needed clarification. Will file amendment if needed after report final details.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $2,120.00
Lodging Cost - $866.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $3,416.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Healthcare conference
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied. Other costs not specified. 1/8 through 1/10 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $1,870.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $990.72
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $4,260.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Manufacturers
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Speaker/participant at annual meeting for business associations.
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied. Other costs not specified. Transport to/from airport included in transport cost.

Travel Cost - $910.00
Lodging Cost - $782.00
Meal Cost - $608.00
Other Cost - $17.22
Total Cost - $2,317.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Horse breeding educational session
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied.

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,050.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion of Farm Bill and event for Foundation
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $591.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - Transatlantic conference.
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,539.84
Lodging Cost - $2,310.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $8,076.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $5,977.32
Lodging Cost - $2,023.70
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $10,378.32

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 Retreat
Notes - Spouse Glenna Fletcher accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - listening tour and healthcare forum
Notes - spouse Glenna Fletcher

Travel Cost - $7,158.76
Lodging Cost - $996.36
Meal Cost - $1,308.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,464.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - 51st annual convention -- educational meetings and exposition
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,479.38
Lodging Cost - $687.20
Meal Cost - $93.43
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,260.01

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

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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.