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.

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.

Back to all reports


SOLIS, HILDA, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $18,468.54

Average cost per trip - $1,319.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 48 days
Rank of representative - 320 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Laborers' International Union of North America
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Key note speaker at regional conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $414.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $434.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.50
Lodging Cost - $85.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $395.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William C. Velasquez Institute
Dates - April 11, 2001 - April 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $802.50
Lodging Cost - $362.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,214.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - location and purpose of this trip were not specified on the disclosure. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $738.69
Lodging Cost - $509.85
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,488.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 2, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - other expenses include airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,523.00
Lodging Cost - $869.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,584.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - participated in conference
Notes - other expenses are for car service

Travel Cost - $195.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.16
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $644.00
Total Cost - $1,976.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Salvadorean-American National Network, Inter-American Foundation
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - El Salvador - Nicaragua

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - other expenses are for "airport assistance"

Travel Cost - $847.00
Lodging Cost - $146.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $26.00
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Latin America Working Group - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - October 10, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX

Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $773.85
Lodging Cost - $294.53
Meal Cost - $212.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,280.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding, Puerto Rico
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,020.00
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $149.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,559.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference on education reform
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Cancun, Mexico - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $1,216.90
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,076.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC Any time not at sponsor's expense: 2 Days This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Drum Major Institute
Dates - June 25, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaker at Public Policy Series
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC Personal expenses: 6-25-05

Travel Cost - $283.90
Lodging Cost - $206.44
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $490.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Amnesty Int'l
Dates - July 2, 2005 - July 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To speak regarding legislation introduced by her on Ciudad Juarez
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $470.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $470.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, Service Employee Int'l Union, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield Assn, Aetna, Well Point, United Health Group
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose -
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $722.66
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $223.70
Other Cost - $53.16
Total Cost - $1,458.82

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.