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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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REGULA, RALPH S, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $50,391.96

Average cost per trip - $4,581.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 50 days
Rank of representative - 123 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Martha Regula - other expenses were for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,426.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,951.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on US-Russia Relations
Notes - other expenses =ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,317.26
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,817.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education
Notes - spouse: Mary Regula

Travel Cost - $1,139.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $3,372.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Gas Association
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - speak to American Gas Association - public affairs and marketing forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $699.90
Lodging Cost - $128.82
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $848.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - participate in education conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Regula - meal in lodging cost - other cost is ground transport

Travel Cost - $4,022.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,832.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - other cost for rental car. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,091.50
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $82.84
Total Cost - $1,684.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - education conference
Notes - spouse, Martha Regula, other-airline change itinerary penalty fee, ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,244.80
Lodging Cost - $4,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,024.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation
Dates - December 5, 2002 - December 5, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech at dedication of Safra Synagogue, NY, NY
Notes -

Travel Cost - $452.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $452.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - with spouse Mary - other covered ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,848.02
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $9,288.02

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on Education
Notes - Cleveland - Cancun, Mexico - Cleveland

Travel Cost - $1,755.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,475.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Broad Foundation
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - 2005 Strategic Advisory Retreat w/national Education leaders to discuss future investment
Notes - Washington Dulles - Los Angeles - Cleveland, OH

Travel Cost - $923.02
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $205.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,646.02

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.