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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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STENHOLM, CHARLIE W, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 36
Total cost of trips - $56,150.96

Average cost per trip - $1,559.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 82 days
Rank of representative - 111 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Farm Foundation
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Corpus Christi, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $304.00
Lodging Cost - $157.55
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost - $8.00
Total Cost - $579.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Grain Sorghum
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Corpus Christi, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $475.00
Lodging Cost - $94.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $614.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

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

Travel Cost - $819.69
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,299.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - conference on farm policy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $826.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $870.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - January 4, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Discussion regarding Federal Regulations involving the cotton industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $130.00
Lodging Cost - $128.00
Meal Cost - $32.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $290.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Dates - December 3, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $443.50
Lodging Cost - $133.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $12.00
Total Cost - $588.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Grain and Feed
Dates - March 30, 2000 - March 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,801.00
Lodging Cost - $265.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,091.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 7, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Steamboat Springs, CO

Purpose - speech
Notes - took wife, Cindy Nettles; amended: originally listed spouse's meal expenses as $110

Travel Cost - $1,914.80
Lodging Cost - $462.63
Meal Cost - $271.47
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $2,653.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection
Dates - February 26, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes - took wife, Cindy Stenholm

Travel Cost - $1,144.00
Lodging Cost - $558.00
Meal Cost - $257.51
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $1,969.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Westfield, NJ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $481.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $511.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - annual meeting w/ Brd. Of Directors
Notes - took wife, Cindy Stenholm

Travel Cost - $155.20
Lodging Cost - $1,331.95
Meal Cost - $151.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - bipartisan planning for agriculture comm. Agenda
Notes - took wife, Cindy Stenholm

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Medical Association
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes - other expenses are not specified

Travel Cost - $160.88
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $90.73
Other Cost - $11.00
Total Cost - $262.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Food Marketing Institute
Dates - January 14, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Spouse Cindy Stenholm accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,292.25
Lodging Cost - $998.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $4,326.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Greetings, Colgate Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson
Dates - January 14, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Cattlemen's Association
Dates - June 18, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Corpus Christi, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $246.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $286.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mosquito Control Association
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Cindy Stenholm accompanied.

Travel Cost - $126.76
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $230.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chicken Council
Dates - February 10, 2001 - February 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,889.60
Lodging Cost - $1,221.00
Meal Cost - $722.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,833.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 22, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - annual policy meeting
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Spouse Cindy Stenholm accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,564.00
Lodging Cost - $569.80
Meal Cost - $489.72
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,648.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Cindy Stenholm accompanied.

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,050.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Dates - March 11, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.25
Lodging Cost - $165.00
Meal Cost - $43.59
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $902.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - speech
Notes - Other costs not specified. Spouse Cindy Stenholm accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,435.40
Lodging Cost - $836.00
Meal Cost - $547.00
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $3,848.40

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 - meals included in lodging costs

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers
Dates - July 19, 2002 - July 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kerrville, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes - This is includes the ammendment - original didn't disclose meal cost - which was filed with 2003 records on 04/30/2003.

Travel Cost - $340.50
Lodging Cost - $88.48
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $493.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - January 20, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - accompanied by spouse Cindy Stenholm

Travel Cost - $3,398.00
Lodging Cost - $196.00
Meal Cost - $99.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,693.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Bankers Association
Dates - March 21, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $923.25
Lodging Cost - $110.91
Meal Cost - $13.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,048.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $225.94
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $18.89
Other Cost - $14.00
Total Cost - $258.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - April 30, 2003 - April 30, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $548.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $563.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 5, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Blaine, WA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $670.82
Lodging Cost - $667.65
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,458.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Participation in Panel Discussion for Annual Conference
Notes - Cindy Stenholm, spouse, accompanied. Other cost is for tips.

Travel Cost - $3,098.40
Lodging Cost - $1,577.83
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost - $18.00
Total Cost - $5,410.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Farm Broadcasters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $486.50
Lodging Cost - $131.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $682.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sinclair Oil Corp.
Dates - September 7, 2003 - September 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Cindy Stenholm, spouse

Travel Cost - $3,409.20
Lodging Cost - $431.79
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,010.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meal included with lodging

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - February 23, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose -
Notes - no purpose given

Travel Cost - $558.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $568.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Soap and Detergent Association
Dates - January 30, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $950.25
Lodging Cost - $384.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,534.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Food Marketing Institute
Dates - January 10, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes - spouse - Cindy Stenholm - other costs is parking

Travel Cost - $1,232.50
Lodging Cost - $828.40
Meal Cost - $500.60
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $2,576.50

Additional family members - Yes

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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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