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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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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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WELDON, DAVE, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $12,491.65

Average cost per trip - $1,040.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 399 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - House Republican Study Committee
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Speak to bipartisan congressional Health policy conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Other costs are for a fleece vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $679.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $386.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,983.45

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 - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Nancy Weldon and children Katie and David accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $1,530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,908.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Canyonville Christian Academy
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 2, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - invitation to speak at seminar on government at daughter's Boarding School
Notes - spouse Nancy Weldon accompanied, other expenses are for rental car

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $267.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $340.93
Total Cost - $1,293.93

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 - discussion of issues and agenda
Notes - with spouse Nancy - lodging covers meals

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mercatus Center
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - education on congressional issues
Notes - with spouse Joy Gartzke - no location listed

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $790.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Autism One
Dates - May 28, 2004 - May 29, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech at convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $435.20
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $655.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Right to Life
Dates - April 19, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speech to members of the Texas legislator
Notes - Washington, DC - Austin, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $353.95
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $453.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montel Williams Show
Dates - March 22, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Purpose was to discuss the autism health issue, which Congressman Weldon has introduced legislation on
Notes - Orlando - New York, NY - Orlando

Travel Cost - $708.10
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $943.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Member: DC - Baltimore - Orlando Spouse: Orlando - Baltimore - Orlando

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $455.05
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,033.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - Orlando - Arizona - Orlando [assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - March 26, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was to appear on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Notes - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $587.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $587.90

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.