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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.

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.

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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NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES, Democratic Party
Dist. of Columbia

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $19,180.46

Average cost per trip - $1,128.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 314 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Albany State University
Dates - December 8, 2000 - December 10, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - Giving the 2000 fall commencement address at Albany State University
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Historical Society of the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Dates - October 26, 2000 - October 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Participating in the unveiling ceremony for Chief Judge Leon Higginbotham, Jr.'s portrait
Notes -

Travel Cost - $242.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $242.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bar Association
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Participate in a panel during the Women Leadership Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $121.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $121.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech at retirement gala for Ira Glasser
Notes -

Travel Cost - $45.74
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $245.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - City University Television
Dates - January 9, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a panel discussion on the legacy of John Lindsay
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $228.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chatham College
Dates - May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Commencement address and receive honorary degree
Notes -

Travel Cost - $556.00
Lodging Cost - $204.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $760.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,107.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Other expenses of $100 paid by member

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Law School
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.90
Lodging Cost - $99.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Black Law Students Association, Stanford Law School
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Palo Alto, CA

Purpose - To speak during their Commemoration of Black Liberation Month
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $814.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $211.25
Total Cost - $1,025.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Gate City Bar Association
Dates - November 12, 2003 - November 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - keynote speaker at the Gate city bar association's 2003 hall of fame dinner.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,474.00
Lodging Cost - $395.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,969.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-national business conference
Notes - other: land package includes meals and drinks and transfer to and from the airport

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $468.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $750.00
Total Cost - $1,518.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - to participate in the 2003 congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $694.48
Lodging Cost - $379.80
Meal Cost - $401.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.96

Additional family members - No


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 Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Notes - Washington, DC to Queenstown, MD

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Antioch College
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Yellow Springs, OH

Purpose - Chatterjee Peace Lecture Keynote speaker and campus speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Athens, OH - Wilberforce, OH - Yellow Springs, OH - and return

Travel Cost - $838.20
Lodging Cost - $124.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $963.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Equal Right Advocates
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Equal Rights Advocate 30th Anniversary luncheon keynote speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA - and return

Travel Cost - $2,687.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,876.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Univ
Dates - May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Hartford, CT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $438.41
Lodging Cost - $207.20
Meal Cost - $48.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $693.97

Additional family members - No

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.