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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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LANTOS, TOM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $101,962.24

Average cost per trip - $3,515.94
Total number of days spent traveling - 143 days
Rank of representative - 35 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - William Davidson Institute
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Auburn Hills, MI

Purpose - spring board of directors meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $545.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - keynote speaker, US-German roundtable
Notes - spouse -"her travel expenses were also covered"

Travel Cost - $617.78
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $967.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - April 15, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (18 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vienna, Austria

Purpose - lead the discussions at the IMDI board room briefing in Vienna
Notes - spouse, Annette; dates at personal expense = 4/15/2000-4/26/2000 and 4/30-5/2/2000

Travel Cost - $1,775.86
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,200.86

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - August 24, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (13 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark - Helsinki, Finland - Copenhagen

Purpose - participate in conference with Finnish business leaders
Notes - spouse, Annette; dates at personal expense -- 9/2/2000-9/4/2000

Travel Cost - $663.20
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $909.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Denmark - China - Singapore

Purpose - participate in discussions with Singaporean and Chinese business leaders
Notes - grandchild-kimber tilleman-dick

Travel Cost - $8,216.20
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,866.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cumberland University
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - keynote speaker at Cumberland university gala event
Notes - spouse, Annette

Travel Cost - $1,760.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,760.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - June 26, 2000 - June 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - keynote speaker at AIPAC event
Notes - spouse, Annette

Travel Cost - $289.00
Lodging Cost - $227.37
Meal Cost - $53.84
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $570.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Guardian Industries Corporation
Dates - July 28, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - keynote speaker at guardian industries leadership meeting
Notes - spouse, Annette

Travel Cost - $927.22
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,212.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - August 5, 2000 - August 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark

Purpose - conference w Danish business and government leaders
Notes - spouse, Annette

Travel Cost - $1,245.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,245.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Guardian Industries Corporation
Dates - August 3, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - keynote speaker at guardian industries leadership meeting
Notes - spouse, Annette

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2000 - January 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vilnius, Lithuania - Riga, Latvia - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - opened screening of the documentary film
Notes - spouse, "her travel expenses were also covered"

Travel Cost - $1,423.00
Lodging Cost - $588.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,011.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Dates - February 23, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker at the Living Memorial to the Holocaust Dinner
Notes - spouse, "her travel expenses were also covered"

Travel Cost - $917.20
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,167.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of Michigan Business School
Dates - May 4, 2001 - May 4, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Participate in U. of M business school board meeting
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,053.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $21.50
Other Cost - $74.63
Total Cost - $1,149.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William Davidson Institute
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Participate in The William Davidson Institute fall board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,137.74
Lodging Cost - $215.52
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Russian Jewish Congress
Dates - December 21, 2000 - December 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark - Madrid, Spain - Copenhagen, Denmark

Purpose - Meet with Spanish gov't officials about the arrest of Vladimir Gusinsky
Notes - Spouse Annette Lantos

Travel Cost - $2,166.98
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,166.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rebild Society
Dates - July 2, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Deliver keynote address at Rebild Society 4th of July event
Notes - Spouse Annette Lantos

Travel Cost - $8,996.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,996.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - May 25, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Copenhagen, Denmark - Oslo, Norway

Purpose - Participate in IMDI board room briefings
Notes - Spouse Annette Lantos

Travel Cost - $2,195.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,495.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Dusseldorf, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - Participate in U.S. German roundtable discussions
Notes - Spouse Annette Lantos

Travel Cost - $11,554.20
Lodging Cost - $498.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,802.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University
Dates - April 26, 2001 - May 1, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Provo, UT - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Commencement Speaker at Spring 2001 graduation
Notes - Spouse Annette Lantos

Travel Cost - $8,300.00
Lodging Cost - $175.53
Meal Cost - $134.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,609.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Guardian Industries Corporation
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Conference with majority leader of CA State assembly
Notes -

Travel Cost - $572.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 11, 2002 - March 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes - accompanied by spouse Annette Lantos.

Travel Cost - $1,664.00
Lodging Cost - $118.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,782.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Berlin, Germany - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - participate in discussions with government and business leaders
Notes - accompanied by spouse Annette Lantos.

Travel Cost - $13,569.50
Lodging Cost - $2,457.01
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,301.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - William Davidson Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Board meeting on William Davidson Institute
Notes - Washington, DC - Detroit, MI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $925.29
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $925.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Center for Int'l Area Studies
Dates - October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - Featured speaker at annual Herbert Walker Series at Yale University
Notes - Teterboro, NJ - New Haven, CT - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $674.10
Lodging Cost - $261.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $935.19

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - William Davidson Institute
Dates - June 20, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Board meeting of the William Davidson Institute
Notes - Washington, DC - Ann Arbor, MI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $378.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $353.68
Total Cost - $732.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Jewish Congress
Dates - September 17, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking at event honoring visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $605.00
Lodging Cost - $1,571.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,176.67

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Computer Generated Solutions
Dates - September 24, 2005 - September 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking at annual conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,221.89
Lodging Cost - $298.05
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $1,559.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Jewish Congress
Dates - July 31, 2005 - August 13, 2005 (14 days)
Location(s) - Zagreb, Croatia - Opatija, Croatia - Belgrade, Serbia - Montenegro - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Visit to survey economic recovery of Balkan region and to meet with public officials
Notes - Washington, DC - Zagreb, Croatia - Opatija, Croatia - Belgrade, Serbia - Montenegro - Budapest, Hungary - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 8/6/05 to 8/13/05

Travel Cost - $13,773.52
Lodging Cost - $1,820.81
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,914.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - John W King Memorial Lecture Series
Dates - October 23, 2005 - October 25, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, NH

Purpose - Speaking at the John W King Memorial Lecture Series at the New Hampshire Supreme Court
Notes - Washington, DC - Manchester, NH - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $713.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $713.60

Additional family members - Yes

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.