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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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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.

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ROHRABACHER, DANA, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $145,463.55

Average cost per trip - $11,189.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 97 days
Rank of representative - 17 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Government of Qatar, Islamic Institute of America
Dates - April 13, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Qatar

Purpose - Fact-finding - oil crisis
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher - other expenses for local travel

Travel Cost - $8,909.32
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,109.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Foreign Policy Council
Dates - November 24, 2001 - November 27, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Bonn, Germany

Purpose - UN peace talks on Afghanistan
Notes - spouse, Rhonda

Travel Cost - $1,043.58
Lodging Cost - $482.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,825.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Council for National Democracy
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - speech to convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $193.00
Lodging Cost - $282.10
Meal Cost - $77.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $553.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Taiwan Assoc. for Industry and Commerce, Phillipines United Against Crime, Kuwait FDTN
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan - Philippines - Kuwait

Purpose - research
Notes - spouse, Rhonda

Travel Cost - $11,959.54
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,109.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Qatar

Purpose - second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Notes - spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher - March 22-24 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $18,000.00
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,870.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Bigelow Aerospace Corp.
Dates - July 1, 2002 - July 2, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - aerospace research & tour
Notes - spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher

Travel Cost - $685.00
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $970.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 16, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia

Purpose - efforts on terrorism/trade
Notes - spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher

Travel Cost - $16,000.00
Lodging Cost - $4,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $21,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (12 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria

Purpose - Attend conference with Codel
Notes - spouse, Rhonda Rohrabacher

Travel Cost - $18,597.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,797.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Freedom Alliance
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 3, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes - spouse, Rhonda Rohrabacher accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is ticket change fee

Travel Cost - $1,892.30
Lodging Cost - $1,582.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $3,574.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 12, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - economic conference/ research
Notes - spouse, Rhonda Rohrabacher

Travel Cost - $8,437.78
Lodging Cost - $1,515.84
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,173.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Airbus
Dates - August 15, 2004 - August 25, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Toulouse, France

Purpose - Aviation Fact Finding Visit to Airbus Headquarters
Notes - Los Angeles - Paris - Toulouse - Biarritz - Paris - Los Angeles Personal Expense 8/19 - 8/25

Travel Cost - $9,606.00
Lodging Cost - $1,076.98
Meal Cost - $307.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,990.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Institute
Dates - March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Qatar - Riga, Latvia

Purpose - Berlin Conference & Qatar Conference "Free Market & Democracy in the Islamic World"
Notes - LAX - Berlin - Riga - Berlin - Qatar - Berlin - LAX Personal Expense: 3/26 - 3/27 Including spouse (Berlin portion was Codel)

Travel Cost - $18,929.68
Lodging Cost - $839.46
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,969.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Albanian American Foundation
Dates - August 20, 2005 - August 30, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Albania - Montenegro - Kosova

Purpose - Visits and briefings in Albania, Montenegro & Kosova
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Vienna - Albania - Berlin - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse Personal expense: 8/20 - 8/21 - 8/29 - 8/30

Travel Cost - $9,600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,132.16
Meal Cost - $567.76
Other Cost - $221.82
Total Cost - $11,521.74

Additional family members - Yes

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.