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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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  • 08.29.14

    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.
  • 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 | 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.

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MEEK, KENDRICK B, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $28,500.75

Average cost per trip - $1,781.30
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 229 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Dates - September 22, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - hospice care receptions and meetings
Notes - meals incidental at receptions

Travel Cost - $1,792.57
Lodging Cost - $235.84
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,028.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Issues retreat
Notes - Kendrick Meek - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL Washington, DC (return to DC with son Kendrick)

Travel Cost - $684.00
Lodging Cost - $2,784.00
Meal Cost - $905.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,433.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 9th annual Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - Miami - St Kitts - St Kitts - Miami

Travel Cost - $620.00
Lodging Cost - $460.00
Meal Cost - $235.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,315.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Turks & Caicos Peoples Natl Party
Dates - August 5, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Turks and Caicos Islands

Purpose - To attend the People's National Party convention
Notes - 8/5 Miami - Turks and Caicos 8/8 Turks and Caicos - Miami

Travel Cost - $2,156.00
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,631.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Univ of North Carolinas Program on Southern Politics -Media & Public Life
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chapel Hill, NC

Purpose - Deliver speech on "Perspectives on Governance" to New Strategies for Southern Progress Conference
Notes - Tampa, FL - Chapel Hill, NC - Miami, FL *$50 of meal expense paid for by Center for American Progress

Travel Cost - $942.69
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost - $169.48
Total Cost - $1,423.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Purpose of 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march by visiting historical locations and discussing history with various leaders
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Washington, DC Note: Member campaign committee paid $1000 of expenses for member and spouse and the entire costs of 2 children

Travel Cost - $1,860.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $520.00
Other Cost - $248.00
Total Cost - $2,896.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Notes - Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Valued Services LLC
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 21, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Serve as a panelist on discussion "The Future of Payday Advance" at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL - Miami, FL National Black Caucus of State Legislators paid for hotel room. Valued Services, LLC paid for plane ticket, transportation, and meals.

Travel Cost - $638.66
Lodging Cost - $220.09
Meal Cost - $63.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $922.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clafin Univ
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orangeburg, SC

Purpose - Congressman was the commencement speaker at Clafin University's graduation ceremony on Saturday May 14, 2005
Notes - Washington, DC - Orangeburg, SC - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $816.60
Lodging Cost - $170.64
Meal Cost - $5.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $992.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 29, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - The Congressman moderated a general session at the NAACP leadership 500 Summit in Destin, FL
Notes - Washington, DC - Destin, FL - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $790.30
Lodging Cost - $455.10
Meal Cost - $106.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,351.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 100 Black Men of America Inc
Dates - June 9, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Panelist on workshop at the 100 Black Men of America's Annual Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $833.80
Lodging Cost - $265.90
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $625.00
Total Cost - $1,774.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participate in 3rd Annual Tri-Caucus Health Forum
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $335.40
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $26.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $821.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jackson, MS

Purpose - This was a regional issue forum designed for constituents to hear from members and discuss issues of concern centered on healthcare, affordable housing, and retirement security
Notes - Washington, DC - Jackson, MS - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $7.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $67.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Angel Flight Southeast (Dr. Kenneth Stahl & Dennis Haber)
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, MS

Purpose - Survey damage done by Hurricane Katrina and the government's response
Notes - Miami, FL - Gulfport, MS - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $960.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $960.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tunica, MS

Purpose - Attend CBC Institute forum on public policy and legislative issues
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Tunica, MS - Miami, FL (Rep Meek) Miami, FL - Tunica, MS- Miami, FL (Mrs. Meek & kids) Note: Wife & children roomed with Member. Member personally paid children expenses. Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $431.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 10, 2005 - November 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - St Thomas, VI

Purpose - Served on panels discussing business and government relations with various business, government, and non profit entities of the Caribbean region
Notes - Washington, DC - St Thomas, VI - Washington, DC Meals and travel of children were paid at Member's expense Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,402.00
Lodging Cost - $1,025.00
Meal Cost - $522.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,049.00

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.