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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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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.
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JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 34
Total cost of trips - $58,578.07

Average cost per trip - $1,722.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 104 days
Rank of representative - 98 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - CBC Caribbean Business Conference
Notes - itinerary attached

Travel Cost - $1,530.30
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,340.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - markets research and fact finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $337.57
Lodging Cost - $668.52
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,141.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Negro College Fund
Dates - March 9, 2000 - March 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - member was a guest of the CEO/Pres. Of UNCF
Notes - airfare and limo service 1387-orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $1,836.15
Lodging Cost - $389.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,225.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Turner Broadcasting
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Trumpet Awards and Dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $332.00
Lodging Cost - $140.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $472.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaker at the African-American State Legislators Conf.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,340.00
Lodging Cost - $108.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,448.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Notes - Kirk Johnson (spouse?)

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $749.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,425.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - June 1, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Board member attendance/participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $132.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Future Fund (Eddie Bernice Johnson for Congress)
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Farmington, PA

Purpose - 2001 Democratic Caucus Issues conference at Nemacolin Woodlands
Notes - Other costs: "registration fee"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $550.00
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Grenada

Purpose - Multi National Bus. Conf.
Notes - Sister Lee Helen Johnson Willis

Travel Cost - $1,460.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,460.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - CEA Leaders in Technology Reception & Dinner and 2001 Int'l Consumer Electronic Show and Conference - member was one of the speakers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,073.50
Lodging Cost - $499.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,572.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Member
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Attend a roundtable and fundraising dinner in New York City
Notes - Trans cost = shuttle and limo

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rep. Gregory Meeks
Dates - May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Housing summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $419.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Conference of Black Mayors
Dates - March 8, 2001 - March 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - National Conf. Of Black Mayors to receive the President's Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $989.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $989.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - One of the guest speakers at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,825.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Petroleum Institute
Dates - June 29, 2001 - July 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - CBC Energy Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,338.25
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,733.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - CBC High Tech Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $486.50
Lodging Cost - $307.05
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,043.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nissan Corporation
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - Nissan Education Testing Service event at N.C. A&T Univ. in Greensboro
Notes -

Travel Cost - $681.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $681.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 1, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Summer Executive Cmte. Mtg.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,026.50
Lodging Cost - $113.85
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,140.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Participate as a panelist at 92nd annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,044.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Patton Boggs LLP
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Recording Industry Assn. of American luncheon honoring CBC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $183.50
Lodging Cost - $193.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2001 - July 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Participate in a Privacy Retreat as a panelist
Notes -

Travel Cost - $320.45
Lodging Cost - $399.41
Meal Cost - $174.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $894.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CBC Policy & Leadership Institute
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Educational & Trade Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $197.00
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $115.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $816.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP Region VI Annual Convention
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Freedom Fund dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $166.75
Lodging Cost - $107.13
Meal Cost - $26.87
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rep. David Bonior for Governor
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - campaign for Bonior for Governor in Detroit, MI
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 6, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $315.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $315.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Las Vegas chapter
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $945.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $945.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - tri-caucus retreat at Lansdowne Resort
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.81
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $658.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes -

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus

Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Notes - Austin, TX - Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $5,035.98
Lodging Cost - $1,664.00
Meal Cost - $392.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,091.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interreligious Foundation for Community Org, Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Met with government officials, visit constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Notes - WDC - NC - Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba - Mexico - NC - WDC

Travel Cost - $911.73
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brazil-US Business Council
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - Facilitate business leaders for African American companies as well as Afro-Brazilian companies
Notes - Dallas - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Brasilia - Salvador - DC

Travel Cost - $7,914.00
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.24
Other Cost - $376.13
Total Cost - $9,289.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - Bring together African American and Caribbean American business / civic leaders with Members of Congress
Notes - Dallas - St Kitts, Bahamas

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $705.00
Total Cost - $1,005.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Explore first hand the issues currently facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns.
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Cancun - Havana / Havana - Miami - Washington, DC (hurricane emergency re-routing)

Travel Cost - $1,148.29
Lodging Cost - $282.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $1,555.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Bend, IN

Purpose - Policy meeting
Notes - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX - South Bend, IN {amended 10/27 to show new sponsor]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $118.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $143.00

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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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

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    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.