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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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PASTOR, EDWARD L, Democratic Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 27
Total cost of trips - $142,109.69

Average cost per trip - $5,263.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 116 days
Rank of representative - 18 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - April 20, 2000 - April 24, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - Discuss airport issue - AIR21; appropriations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Verma

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 29, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - Inauguration of President of Mexico and meeting with Mexican senators and representatives and business leaders
Notes - other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $430.00
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit Wall Street; meet Citibank Corp. and other financial persons
Notes -

Travel Cost - $320.10
Lodging Cost - $927.27
Meal Cost - $119.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,367.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Normandy, France

Purpose - Meet French senators and congressmen about nuclear energy issues and visit nuclear facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $17,047.00
Lodging Cost - $1,538.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,685.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Democratic Institute
Dates - July 1, 2000 - July 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - Oversee Mexican elections
Notes -

Travel Cost - $506.27
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost - $129.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $940.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board retreat and board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $567.80
Lodging Cost - $540.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,303.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Institute, Inc.
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Study aviation safety and operation issues
Notes - Accompanied by wife Verma; other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,790.00
Lodging Cost - $231.50
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost - $115.00
Total Cost - $2,346.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - BNFL, Inc.
Dates - May 27, 2001 - June 1, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Chester, England - Sellafield, England - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - Visit Carpenhurst (decommissioned nuclear site), Sellafield facility (reprocessing nuclear spent fuel)
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $14,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,450.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Railroad legislative issues
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $1,785.00
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $380.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,645.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - February 9, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $181.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $216.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Participate on panel and attend panels on airplane industry and airport facilities, issues
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $3,700.00
Lodging Cost - $869.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,819.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - Meet with President Vicente Fox of Mexico and members of Mexcian Congress
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $1,101.38
Lodging Cost - $679.80
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,261.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Encuentro 2000 Conference
Dates - December 27, 2001 - December 30, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Discuss Hispanic issues with national Hispanic leaders
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $2,554.00
Lodging Cost - $783.00
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,762.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Laborers' International Union of North America
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Speech to regional meeting
Notes - Other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $405.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $27.75
Total Cost - $633.25

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 for conference registration - accompanied by spouse Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,402.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kingsmill, VA

Purpose - board retreat
Notes - no transportation expenses - drove personal car

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $453.54
Meal Cost - $216.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $669.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - it appears that someone accompanied him on trip, but form doesn't explicitly say so. It says transport was "$6859 per ticket ($13,718)".

Travel Cost - $13,718.00
Lodging Cost - $1,031.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,149.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Avignon, France - Paris, France

Purpose - visit: Vandello I & II & ERODIF Enrichment Facility
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastor, other-regional transportation

Travel Cost - $10,992.00
Lodging Cost - $2,294.00
Meal Cost - $3,952.00
Other Cost - $2,634.00
Total Cost - $19,872.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - bipartisan retreat for house members
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastoraccompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - attend the consumer electronics seminar
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastor, other-telephone

Travel Cost - $191.50
Lodging Cost - $586.42
Meal Cost - $398.50
Other Cost - $3.00
Total Cost - $1,179.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Latino Elected Officials
Dates - August 28, 2003 - August 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - attend a NALEO meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $191.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $191.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board meeting and CHCI Board Retreat
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastor

Travel Cost - $740.17
Lodging Cost - $585.00
Meal Cost - $598.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,923.17

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southwest Student Services
Dates - August 20, 2003 - August 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - make a presentation on reauthorization and appropriations of higher education act
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastor accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $602.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,102.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - conference on Brazil
Notes - spouse, Verma Pastor, other: none disclosed

Travel Cost - $1,806.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,176.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Learn methods for student, teacher school assessment of NCLB - NCLB is legislation for elementary school
Notes - PHX, AZ - Cancun, Mexico return PHX, AZ (Phoenix, AZ - Cancun, Mexico - Phoenix, AZ)

Travel Cost - $2,015.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,735.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Participate on a panel; meet with FAA
Notes - PHX - LA - Kona / Kona - LA - PHX (Phoenix, AZ - Los Angeles - Kona / Kona - Los Angeles - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $4,458.60
Lodging Cost - $1,143.40
Meal Cost - $625.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,227.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nature Conservancy
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Galapagos Islands - Quito, Ecuador

Purpose - The delegation visited sites designated to protect and preserve endangered biodiversity and met with Ecuadorian elected officials and representatives of local and international non-government organizations
Notes - DC - Miami, FL - Quito, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands - Quito, Ecuador - Miami, FL - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,200.00
Lodging Cost - $4,400.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $2,908.00
Total Cost - $18,708.00

Additional family members - Yes

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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

  • 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.