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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $10,290.54

Average cost per trip - $791.58
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 427 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Notes - travelled with husband, Robert Slaughter

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $386.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $704.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Citizen
Dates - June 5, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - fact-finding trip on international prescription drug cost differential
Notes -

Travel Cost - $120.00
Lodging Cost - $45.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $165.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Virginia
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Discuss member's legislation regarding genetic non-discrimination
Notes - Spouse Robert Slaughter accompanied.

Travel Cost - $35.15
Lodging Cost - $86.51
Meal Cost - $21.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $143.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of Kentucky
Dates - May 5, 2001 - May 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, KY

Purpose - commencement speaker
Notes - other costs are for computer time at Kinko's editing and copying speech

Travel Cost - $788.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $60.58
Total Cost - $848.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Kentucky
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, KY

Purpose - Deliver speech on the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Community-Based faculty initiative.
Notes - Spouse Robert Slaughter accompanied.

Travel Cost - $770.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Myra Tobin, Kentuckians for New York
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech - update on action in congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $32.00
Lodging Cost - $274.83
Meal Cost - $82.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Dates - July 28, 2001 - July 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech on the arts and accept award.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $336.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $336.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Genomic Research, AAAS
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech about genetic non-discrimination
Notes -

Travel Cost - $493.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $46.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $789.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York State United Teachers
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albany, NY

Purpose - speak at 5th annual NYSUT health and safety conference
Notes - one-way flight then drove back with staff member Lisa LaTravato (who listed $179.21 for transportation expense)

Travel Cost - $208.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $238.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Medical Colleges
Dates - January 16, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speak at 13th annual development conference for health professions, financial aid officers, about credit card legislation.
Notes - other expenses include $25 cancellation fee for spouse's airline ticket (he did not attend)

Travel Cost - $749.50
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $44.50
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $996.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Auto Workers
Dates - April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ

Purpose - Speaker at a conference
Notes - Rochester, NY - Atlantic City, NJ

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $155.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press Media Conference
Dates - May 26, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Plenary session
Notes - Rochester, NY - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $497.81
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,497.81

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroad's Legislative Conference
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking on panel
Notes - Rochester, NY - Palm Beach, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $1,554.00
Meal Cost - $1,030.00
Other Cost - $171.00
Total Cost - $3,205.00

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.