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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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GREENWOOD, JAMES C, Republican Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $121,890.57

Average cost per trip - $4,353.23
Total number of days spent traveling - 117 days
Rank of representative - 24 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact finding tour of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the country's largest and most controversial national forest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,468.78
Lodging Cost - $97.98
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost - $1,020.00
Total Cost - $3,606.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - November 17, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Purpose - To attend GLOBE International Executive Committee meeting in the Hague
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,794.00
Lodging Cost - $577.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $162.00
Total Cost - $2,833.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Investment Banking Association
Dates - August 18, 2000 - August 18, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $418.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $54.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $702.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - At the request of Speak Hastert, I represented the Speaker on President Clinton's March 18-26 mission aboard Air Force One to Bangladesh and India. While in India, I attended meetings of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian parliamentarians
Notes - One-way airfare from New Delhi to Philadelphia

Travel Cost - $1,850.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Russia relations
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,134.20
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,659.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Transatlantic Policy Network bringing together corporate, government and academia on both sides of the Atlantic
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference entitled, "The Convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment"
Notes - Spouse accompanied; other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,017.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,421.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Counties
Dates - November 17, 2001 - November 19, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Featured speaker / honored guest in support of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Event.
Notes - Child Laura Greenwood accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,982.00
Lodging Cost - $581.37
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,563.37

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba.
Notes - Transportation included $50 ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $2,062.20
Lodging Cost - $2,356.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,068.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Population Action International
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 14, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Morocco

Purpose - Get first hand knowledge on family planning
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $6,100.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $530.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $7,680.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - February 5, 2001 - February 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nairobi, Kenya - Kiunga, Kenya - Lamu, Kenya - Shimoni, Kenya

Purpose - Visit local government conservation programs
Notes - Stepson Rob McClure accompanied between 2/2/01 - 2/8/01 - same itinerary but starting and ending in Washington DC. Other cost is for cold medicine.

Travel Cost - $2,226.37
Lodging Cost - $901.60
Meal Cost - $84.47
Other Cost - $7.84
Total Cost - $3,220.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Care Management
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaker at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,740.00
Lodging Cost - $397.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,137.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - November 30, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - Speak about alternative energy and pollution issues on the opening panel of the Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts.
Notes - Spouse Kathryn Greenwood accompanied. Some costs eg lodging and Member's airfare, were paid by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. These are not included in the figures listed here.

Travel Cost - $605.99
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $165.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $771.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tarrytown, NY

Purpose - Participate in conference of how Export Credit Agencies impact the global climate system and the role they play in financing energy and fossil fuel infrastructure in developing countries with other legislators.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $155.00
Lodging Cost - $40.00
Meal Cost - $115.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $310.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - To discuss public policy issues that affect relations between the US and Scotland.
Notes - Spouse Kathryn Greenwood accompanied. Other costs are for cultural events.

Travel Cost - $7,899.66
Lodging Cost - $2,810.00
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $11,935.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - The International Legislators' Conference on Clean Energy and the 16th GLOBE International General Assembly.
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $583.20
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,233.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foundation for Responsible Government
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speak at their 2002 Winter Meeting
Notes - child Kathryn Greenwood accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,791.00
Lodging Cost - $1,144.00
Meal Cost - $868.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,803.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes - mother Alice Greenwood accompanied. Transportation expenses includes $150 ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,594.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,719.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Brain Injury Research Treatment and Training Foundation, Terminal Trucking, Hilton Charlotte
Dates - January 19, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - receive Philip L. Lance Award for Public Awareness of the Brain
Notes - child Laura Greenwood accompanied. Transportation costs include air and car, provided by NBIRTT and Terminal Trucking. Lodging provided by the Hilton Charlotte.

Travel Cost - $11,008.66
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,320.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Water Utilities Executive Council
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Bermuda

Purpose - Water Utilities Executive Council Conference
Notes - Child Laura Greenwood accompanied. Other cost is for 'business center'.

Travel Cost - $1,270.00
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost - $885.00
Other Cost - $24.60
Total Cost - $3,279.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American College of Surgeons
Dates - August 1, 2003 - August 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Luncheon speaker at the American College of Surgeons annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $325.91
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - 2003 Transatlantic Conference
Notes - Child Kathryn Greenwood accompanied, stayed in same room. Transportation cost includes ground transport

Travel Cost - $13,580.72
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,055.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes - Child Kathryn Greenwood accompanied, stayed in same room.

Travel Cost - $4,352.00
Lodging Cost - $1,921.00
Meal Cost - $670.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,943.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santa Ana, CA - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Spoke at National Conference
Notes - Child Kathryn Greenwood accompanied, stayed in same room.

Travel Cost - $711.00
Lodging Cost - $545.00
Meal Cost - $194.55
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MPM Capital, Merrill Lynch, Hale & Dorr LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Comerica Bank Corp
Dates - May 5, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bermuda

Purpose - keynote speaker at industry conference
Notes - other expenses - phone calls, business center, mini bar, etc. and meal costs included in conference

Travel Cost - $1,639.80
Lodging Cost - $920.00
Meal Cost - $24.95
Other Cost - $247.37
Total Cost - $2,832.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
Dates - December 15, 2003 - December 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - guest speaker for the Gill Lecture of the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost - $286.52
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $296.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Johns Hopkins University - Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - MD

Purpose - keynote address at their 2003 Leadership Forum dinner
Notes - other cost - telephone call

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $164.18
Meal Cost - $145.66
Other Cost - $8.58
Total Cost - $343.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,668.51
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,478.51

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.