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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.

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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SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER, Republican Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 27
Total cost of trips - $61,178.05

Average cost per trip - $2,265.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 79 days
Rank of representative - 89 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Education conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Betsi Shays - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,488.08
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,148.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Learn about the Silicon Valley high-tech industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,419.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,419.50

Additional family members - No


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 Betsi Shays

Travel Cost - $1,799.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $960.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,683.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 4, 2001 - November 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speak to AIPAC members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $990.00
Lodging Cost - $104.34
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,094.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connecticut Association for Community Action
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak at New England Community Action Association policy forum.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $441.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - June 1, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $847.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Campaign for America
Dates - June 17, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak to Campaign for America members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,378.00
Lodging Cost - $344.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,722.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Principia College
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Commencement activities
Notes - Spouse Betsi Shays accompanied.

Travel Cost - $709.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $709.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Dates - May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Stanley, ID

Purpose - Fact Finding visit to Northwest Rocky Mtn. Area in connection with pending bill HR 488
Notes - Son Jeramy Shays accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,159.50
Lodging Cost - $560.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,919.50

Additional family members - Yes


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 Betsi Shays accompanied. Meals included in lodging expenses. Other costs for registration fees.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 14, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak to Committee members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.00
Lodging Cost - $224.34
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Educational - enhance understanding of some issues Congress may address this year, especially terrorism.
Notes - spouse Besti Shays accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is registration fee.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,150.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in conference on US/China relations
Notes - Spouse Elizabeth Shays - other cost is transport inside China

Travel Cost - $10,892.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $15,692.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of Women Voters
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speech and award ceremony at LWV national convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,441.50
Lodging Cost - $235.50
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Leadership Council
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate in a panel on legislative issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $918.50
Lodging Cost - $286.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,204.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carter Center
Dates - March 17, 2003 - March 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - speak at Carter Center Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $784.50
Lodging Cost - $164.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $973.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Canaan Society
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Paltz, NY

Purpose - speak to constituents about Iraq
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $525.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Trinity School
Dates - March 30, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak to students
Notes -

Travel Cost - $260.00
Lodging Cost - $138.00
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Fund
Dates - March 22, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.00
Lodging Cost - $295.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament, Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute of Public Policy
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speak at conference Panetta Institute-accept 2003 Jefferson-Lincoln award
Notes - other-taxi, airline fees

Travel Cost - $3,603.07
Lodging Cost - $89.84
Meal Cost - $62.20
Other Cost - $103.00
Total Cost - $3,858.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - speak at members' meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,579.28
Lodging Cost - $214.01
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,793.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Rights Campaign
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak at dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,619.04
Lodging Cost - $204.14
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,893.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Institute of Technology
Dates - May 13, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speak at NAACP members at annual convention
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $108.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $108.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Aspen Wye River Conference Center, Maryland

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Washington - Selma - Washington Personal ($500/person) Faith & Politics Institute ($425/person) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $1,850.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Majority for Choice
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Speak at fundraiser
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,190.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $55.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,246.22

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.