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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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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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    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.
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FRANK, BARNEY, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 64
Total cost of trips - $78,740.86

Average cost per trip - $1,230.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 153 days
Rank of representative - 59 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jerome Levy Economics Institute
Dates - April 27, 2000 - April 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $874.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $874.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Letter Carriers
Dates - August 2, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech at NALC Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,159.50
Lodging Cost - $179.24
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,338.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ
Dates - September 17, 2000 - September 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Address to Congregation
Notes - Boston, MA - Newark, NJ

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of South Carolina
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbia, SC

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $72.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $552.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Kansas (Lou Douglas Lecture Series)
Dates - February 6, 2000 - February 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,299.50
Lodging Cost - $209.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,509.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 4, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.00
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participation in panel choosing award winners
Notes -

Travel Cost - $266.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $395.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CUNY School of Law (Queens College)
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Commencement Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $415.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 92nd Street YMCA
Dates - May 3, 2000 - May 4, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participation in panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $236.00
Lodging Cost - $265.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $501.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Temple B'Nai Jeshurun
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - one nigh only -- second night paid by Barney Frank for Congress Committee for participation in New York Pride parade

Travel Cost - $168.00
Lodging Cost - $295.00
Meal Cost - $26.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fred Friendly Seminars Inc.
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participation in television panel discussion
Notes - transportation includes air travel and car service

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $237.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $737.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice
Dates - February 21, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR - Seattle, WA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,542.50
Lodging Cost - $125.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,668.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Evergreen State College
Dates - February 21, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Airfare -- 1/2; see also Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice Disclosure -- Lodging for Feb 22-23 only, in Seattle

Travel Cost - $2,542.50
Lodging Cost - $381.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,924.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - February 11, 2000 - February 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $894.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $894.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Providence, RI

Purpose - Speaker at regional conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $155.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $715.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dartmouth College
Dates - May 14, 2001 - May 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hanover, NH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Transportation cost is for car service

Travel Cost - $868.90
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,043.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cary, NC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - No lodging cost as stayed with friends. Transport is for airfare.

Travel Cost - $290.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $290.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oberlin College
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $828.00
Lodging Cost - $88.92
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $952.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dusseldorf, Germany - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - Participation in US - German Roundtable discussions
Notes - Transport is for air and train travel, lodging is for 2 nights in hotel.

Travel Cost - $5,680.70
Lodging Cost - $378.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,208.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Falmouth, MA

Purpose - Speech at conference
Notes - Transportation costs to and from conference paid by official Congressional funds.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, NY - Rochester, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $435.75
Lodging Cost - $124.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hampshire College
Dates - April 5, 2001 - April 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Lodging at own expense

Travel Cost - $265.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kentucky Fairness Alliance Education Fund
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, KY

Purpose - Speaking engagement and attendance at dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $313.00
Lodging Cost - $81.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $394.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Minnesota
Dates - September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - To deliver Allan Spear Lecture
Notes -

Travel Cost - $477.50
Lodging Cost - $221.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $699.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New School University
Dates - October 28, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - 10/28/01 at own expense. Transport breakdown is $226 for train and $30 for car.

Travel Cost - $256.00
Lodging Cost - $179.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Pennsylvania, HIAS, Council Migration Service of Philadelphia
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Two speaking engagements
Notes - Each group paid half of trans cost - train to Philadelphia and plane to Boston - or $190 each - and lodging - or $65 each. University of Pennsylvania paid meal cost.

Travel Cost - $380.00
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $520.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Central California Alliance, Fresno
Dates - April 9, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA - Fresno, CA - San Francisco, CA - Buffalo, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Transport cost is for air travel. April 11 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $3,193.00
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,298.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ. of Southern Calif., Casden Institute
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,464.31
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,584.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Black Caucus Foundation, Washington, DC
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - participation in housing conference
Notes - costs include Wash-Cleveland only (additional travel paid for by Barney Frank for Congress…same for lodging) -- other includes ground transportation

Travel Cost - $601.00
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $871.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition
Dates - April 30, 2002 - May 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - film screening
Notes - travel paid out of congressman's personal funds

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.57
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $100.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect
Dates - April 1, 2002 - April 2, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - appearance on program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,713.09
Lodging Cost - $188.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,901.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Law School
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - participation in Judge Higginbotham Conference
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $314.00
Lodging Cost - $137.85
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $24.00
Total Cost - $475.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Citizen Action Illinois
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $396.50
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $505.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado
Dates - September 20, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,225.50
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,344.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 22, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech at Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $559.00
Lodging Cost - $1,132.00
Meal Cost - $96.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,787.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - UNGLOBE
Dates - August 4, 2003 - August 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost - $191.00
Meal Cost - $28.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Meeting and tour of Exchanges
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,587.45
Lodging Cost - $210.49
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,017.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts Municipal Association
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 19, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Amherst, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $475.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Center of the Hamptons
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Islip, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $331.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagements
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,093.00
Lodging Cost - $297.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,390.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Southern California
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose -
Notes - LA to San Francisco portion paid for by Lantos for Congress

Travel Cost - $3,551.28
Lodging Cost - $159.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,710.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force
Dates - February 7, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $224.00
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - February 9, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meet with securities industries executives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $452.88
Lodging Cost - $547.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - participation in forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,812.00
Lodging Cost - $2,171.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,983.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Delaware
Dates - March 29, 2004 - March 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, DE

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $102.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $291.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Dates - November 13, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - Chicago - Boston

Travel Cost - $1,560.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $158.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,568.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Banker
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - New York City - Boston

Travel Cost - $156.00
Lodging Cost - $678.01
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $834.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Williams Project at UCLA School of Law
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - New York City - Los Angeles - Boston

Travel Cost - $2,074.90
Lodging Cost - $718.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,792.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - New York (travel from district to New York paid for by Hinchey campaign) - Philadelphia - DC

Travel Cost - $149.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Duke Univ
Dates - October 21, 2004 - October 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Durham, NC

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Boston - Raleigh/Durham - Ft Lauderdale (return flight from Ft Lauderdale at personal expense)

Travel Cost - $607.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Univ
Dates - October 18, 2004 - October 19, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ithaca, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - Cornell University / Cornell University - New York City Return trip from New York City at personal expense

Travel Cost - $811.20
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Liberty City Democratic Club
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - fund raiser
Notes - (travel not paid for by group) (travel at personal expense)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $379.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $379.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Johns Hopkins Univ
Dates - April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $32.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $32.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Berkshire Stonewall Democrats
Dates - April 30, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lenox, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $115.19
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $115.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Progressive Democrats of Pennsylvania
Dates - May 1, 2005 - May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Springfield, MA - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC Travel paid for by Barney Frank campaign

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $386.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $386.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stonewall Democrats of Delaware
Dates - August 7, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Providence - Philadelphia - Providence This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Garden State Equality
Dates - July 9, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - San Francisco - New York - Providence (travel to San Francisco paid for by San Francisco Legal Aid Society)

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - San Francisco - New York (travel from New York to District paid for by Garden State Equality)

Travel Cost - $2,847.90
Lodging Cost - $1,497.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $58.00
Total Cost - $4,402.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fool Proof's American Voices
Dates - August 3, 2005 - August 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - Seattle - San Francisco (travel from San Francisco paid for by Young Democrats of America)

Travel Cost - $934.90
Lodging Cost - $195.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $223.88
Total Cost - $1,354.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Young Democrats of America
Dates - August 4, 2005 - August 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - San Francisco - Boston (travel to San Francisco paid for by Fool Proof's American Voices)

Travel Cost - $694.20
Lodging Cost - $294.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $128.00
Total Cost - $1,116.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cleveland City Club
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Boston - Cleveland - Boston

Travel Cost - $581.91
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $739.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maine Won't Discriminate
Dates - October 1, 2005 - October 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Portland, ME

Purpose - Maine Won't Discriminate Fundraiser/Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Portland, ME - New York, NY (Travel from NY to MA at personal expense)

Travel Cost - $467.00
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $676.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 12, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour stock exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $433.19
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost - $143.00
Total Cost - $651.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida ACLU
Dates - September 10, 2005 - September 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL - New York, NY (Travel from New York to DC at personal expense)

Travel Cost - $301.90
Lodging Cost - $126.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.04

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.

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