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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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MENENDEZ, ROBERT, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $48,578.06

Average cost per trip - $3,036.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 58 days
Rank of representative - 130 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Latino Elected Officials
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes - Member paid-not reimbursed for meals

Travel Cost - $1,252.00
Lodging Cost - $260.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,512.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Educational forum
Notes - Took wife, Jane Menedez - "other" is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,142.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,802.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - leadership roundtable
Notes - Took son, Robert Menedez, Jr.

Travel Cost - $3,873.00
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,633.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $490.40
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost - $216.94
Total Cost - $1,623.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Latino Law Review
Notes - other costs are for "transport in town"

Travel Cost - $210.00
Lodging Cost - $174.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $64.00
Total Cost - $448.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute
Dates - September 29, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speech at conference
Notes - other costs are for taxis

Travel Cost - $1,512.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $32.00
Total Cost - $1,544.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airline Executives
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - panel member at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,553.00
Lodging Cost - $875.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,928.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 20, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - meeting with new Mexican President and Gov't officials
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Jane Menendez. Other costs are for local transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,554.00
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $120.00
Total Cost - $2,834.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - CHCI Board Member
Notes - Spouse Jane Menendez attended but paid her own transportation costs.

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $639.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $970.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,015.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To participate in conference, speaking role
Notes - spouse Jane Menendez accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,832.00
Lodging Cost - $1,140.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $181.00
Total Cost - $3,953.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at Conference
Notes - Son Robert accompanying

Travel Cost - $4,708.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,617.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speak at Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $625.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $625.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL

Purpose - speak at winter executive committee meeting
Notes - child Robert Menendez accompanied - other expenses were for airport transfers

Travel Cost - $1,088.40
Lodging Cost - $611.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $1,999.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Hispanic Leadership Institute
Dates - September 18, 2004 - September 18, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Chicago, IL - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $324.10
Lodging Cost - $197.63
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $521.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Newark, NJ - Tel Aviv, Israel - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $3,707.60
Lodging Cost - $2,223.00
Meal Cost - $457.07
Other Cost - $1,495.67
Total Cost - $7,883.34

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.

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.