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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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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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MANZULLO, DONALD A, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $11,164.02

Average cost per trip - $1,860.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 14 days
Rank of representative - 416 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Union Pacific
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Marion, AR

Purpose - To examine intermodal facilities similar to those proposed in the 16th congressional district. Trip included local government officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $674.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $674.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - invited speaker at Futures Industry Assn. Annual conference
Notes - spouse Freda Manzullo accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,777.63
Lodging Cost - $793.46
Meal Cost - $444.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,015.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - April 9, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - visit 3 stock exchanges, open NASDAQ, duties per financial services committee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $437.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $857.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Assn Of Neurological Surgeons
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - invited to speak at conference
Notes - meals included in lodging expense

Travel Cost - $367.85
Lodging Cost - $405.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $773.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife and three children. Meals included in lodging costs

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Panel participant/presenter at Futures Industry Association conference
Notes - Spouse Freda Manzullo accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,824.70
Lodging Cost - $723.80
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,264.40

Additional family members - Yes

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.