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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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    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 | 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.

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FEENEY, TOM, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $42,258.82

Average cost per trip - $3,841.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 155 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,593.55
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,743.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To participate in a congressional briefing at dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $59.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $116.37
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $175.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs include security, speakers, conference and room rentals.

Travel Cost - $5,121.10
Lodging Cost - $1,144.00
Meal Cost - $465.75
Other Cost - $610.16
Total Cost - $7,341.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaker at Restoration weekend
Notes - Spouse Ellen Feeney accompanied. [Amended sponsor originally listed as Rotterman & Associates.]

Travel Cost - $140.00
Lodging Cost - $774.00
Meal Cost - $1,033.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,947.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Center for Public Policy Research
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - congressional informative tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,443.00
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $1,625.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,643.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - educational - conservative members retreat
Notes - other for audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Notes - Orlando, FL - Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana - St Johns, Antigua - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $407.80
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $826.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,159.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - US - French Congressional Roundtable and US - German Congressional Roundtable
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Travel Cost - $1,655.60
Lodging Cost - $1,366.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,721.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Assn of Amusement Parks & Attractions, British Assn of Leisure Parks, Piers, & Attractions (BALPPA)
Dates - February 25, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaker engagement at BALPPA's Parliamentary Lunch
Notes - Stuttgart, Germany - London, England - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $4,438.39
Lodging Cost - $1,344.04
Meal Cost - $415.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,198.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 5, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - 10th Amendment / Federal Affairs workshop
Notes - Orlando, Fl - Dallas, TX - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $166.21
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $376.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - The Heritage Foundation & Pepperdine University: Making the Goal of Entitlement Reform a Reality
Notes - Orlando, FL - Los Angeles - San Diego - Orlando Personal expense: 8/18 - 8/19/ San Diego

Travel Cost - $384.09
Lodging Cost - $447.00
Meal Cost - $353.89
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,282.98

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.