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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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FARR, SAM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $58,720.61

Average cost per trip - $3,914.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 72 days
Rank of representative - 97 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied

Travel Cost - $8,036.62
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,244.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Conference participant
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Other cost is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,099.37
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,479.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Parcel Service
Dates - March 29, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,335.95
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,340.95

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Contributed $500 toward cost of trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Mrs. Shary Farr

Travel Cost - $3,824.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,974.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,029.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,472.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,997.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Urbanists International
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Educational. Trip looked at planning and land management issues.
Notes - Other costs include transportation within island (taxis, tips etc). (a sepaarate filing listed the trip was paid for by the Center for International Policy.

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $585.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Educational group discussion
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $636.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Notes - travel at personal expense - with spouse Shary Farr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $512.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Notes - other covered "group activities"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $778.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - conference on US Brazil relations
Notes - with spouse Shary Farr - other covered taxi fare

Travel Cost - $3,715.73
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $8,085.73

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Policy in Latin America
Notes - Monterey, CA - Punta Mita, Mexico - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $944.34
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $909.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,903.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $336.74
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $436.74

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.