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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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SAWYER, THOMAS, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $52,286.35

Average cost per trip - $4,357.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 119 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Study trip
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $8,186.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,394.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $2,422.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,626.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Participate in mid-year assessment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,036.00
Lodging Cost - $854.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,680.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,380.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - June 13, 2001 - June 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sotogrande, Spain

Purpose - mid-year assessment
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,395.60
Lodging Cost - $429.00
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,262.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Social Research
Dates - January 15, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Participate in Martin Luther King event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $659.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $659.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied. Meals including in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $949.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,201.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes - child Amanda Sawyer

Travel Cost - $4,792.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,942.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - education conference participation
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer - lodging incl meals

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,169.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Infinity HealthCare Inc.
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - address Frontlines Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $810.00
Lodging Cost - $243.41
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,053.41

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.