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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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QUINN, JACK, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $30,812.36

Average cost per trip - $3,851.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 215 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cooperstown, NY

Purpose - recipient of annual award and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $160.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Other costs are for car rental.

Travel Cost - $3,380.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $355.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $4,695.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Cherbourg, France

Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,406.40
Lodging Cost - $1,625.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,131.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - other costs are for transportation to and from the airport.

Travel Cost - $979.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $385.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $2,364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Progress Institute
Dates - April 3, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $968.50
Lodging Cost - $231.99
Meal Cost - $185.85
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - spouse, Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Transport costs include rental car.

Travel Cost - $892.91
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $516.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,656.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads (AAR)
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel and site visit - Annual conference for legislation - Discussion of TEALU Bill in 2005 and grade crossing safety. Also discussed and visited remote control devices
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Palm Beach, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $431.60
Lodging Cost - $1,036.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $171.00
Total Cost - $2,298.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Restoration weekend - retreat for policy and legislative review discussion of homeland security border safety "Al Qaeda 6" in Lackawanna, NY - FBI, CIA cooperation
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $215.41
Lodging Cost - $904.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,119.61

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.