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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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ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $58,918.50

Average cost per trip - $9,819.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 96 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Langkawi, Malaysia - Singapore

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen

Travel Cost - $1,426.00
Lodging Cost - $1,026.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,602.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha Torah, IDT Corporation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Notes - spouse, Dexter and children, Amanda and Patricia; return trip paid for by another sponsor, the US -Korean Exchange Council, under other expenses -- gifts for family (religious books), other transportation costs: helicopter to Masada plant to Golan Heights

Travel Cost - $5,173.00
Lodging Cost - $1,686.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $4,824.00
Total Cost - $13,183.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen; under other expenses -- water, cabs, laundry

Travel Cost - $27,000.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $27,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Notes - Miami - Frankfort - Amman - Tel Aviv - Miami

Travel Cost - $9,077.00
Lodging Cost - $1,722.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $832.50
Total Cost - $12,051.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Notes - Dulles - Los Angeles / Los Angeles - Miami

Travel Cost - $1,596.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,896.00

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.