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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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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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PICKERING, CHARLES W JR, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $15,888.86

Average cost per trip - $934.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 351 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 convention
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $195.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AT&T
Dates - December 3, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bedminster, NJ

Purpose - Site visit to AT&T Global Network Operations Center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $227.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $277.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech and participate in panel discussions on wireless industry
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Leisha Pickering

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $268.70
Meal Cost - $406.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $774.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - February 24, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Meridian, MS

Purpose - Attend event at Lockheed-Martin plant in Meridian
Notes -

Travel Cost - $612.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $612.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - June 2, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speech on energy policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,242.00
Lodging Cost - $173.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,415.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - February 27, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 Convention
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $195.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bancorp South
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speech to Bancorp South Director's Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,099.00
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,229.00

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 - Accompanied by spouse Leisha Pickering

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - 2002 wireless convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $594.00
Lodging Cost - $290.09
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $934.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Roundtable regarding country of origin labeling
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Leisha, Will, Ross, Jack, Asher, and Harper Pickering accompanied (spouse and children). Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Eurocopter
Dates - August 7, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, MS

Purpose - The groundbreaking ceremony for a new American Eurocopter Facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - July 8, 2003 - July 8, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Meridian, MS

Purpose - A workplace shooting occurred at the Lockheed martin facility in Lauderdale County. I traveled to visit the plant, law enforcement and the victims in the hospital to assist in a very tragic situation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $515.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bell South
Dates - April 14, 2005 - April 15, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Tour Bell South facilities and see their IP Video Services
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $509.20
Lodging Cost - $155.25
Meal Cost - $191.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aurora Flight Sciences
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Starkville, MS

Purpose - Inaugural delivery of 1st Order of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be built at new plant in MS
Notes - Washington, DC - Starkville, MS

Travel Cost - $616.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Telecommunications Industry Assn (TIA)
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 9, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speak to their board meeting
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Vail, CO - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $806.81
Lodging Cost - $191.84
Meal Cost - $74.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,072.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ergon
Dates - September 7, 2005 - September 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - I flew by private plane with constituents who had meetings in DC to enable me to spend more time in my district which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina the week before. The purpose of my travel to and from DC was official session and votes.
Notes - Jackson, MS Washington, DC - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $1,158.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,158.51

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.