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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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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.

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YOUNG, DON E, Republican Party
Alaska

Total number of trips - 21
Total cost of trips - $83,705.13

Average cost per trip - $3,985.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 82 days
Rank of representative - 55 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - At-Sea Processors Association
Dates - May 4, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - give a speech/annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,342.51
Lodging Cost - $1,270.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,742.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Dates - May 26, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (11 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa - George, South Africa

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - dates at personal expense-6/1/2000-6/3/2000

Travel Cost - $6,937.00
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,657.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Maritime Officers
Dates - December 21, 2000 - December 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dania, FL

Purpose - speak and tour maritime training center
Notes - lodging and meal=450

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - June 26, 2000 - June 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - speak to outdoor writers assoc. of amer
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,420.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speak at annual conv. And participate in legis. Workshop
Notes - under lodging - 3 nights

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $319.20
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cook Inlet Regional Corporation
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak to board members
Notes - Spouse Lu Young accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,550.00
Lodging Cost - $375.00
Meal Cost - $448.00
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $5,403.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 30, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - attend meeting and seminar with California Wildlife Conservation organizations
Notes - Spouse Lu Young accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $5,212.00
Lodging Cost - $506.67
Meal Cost - $370.27
Other Cost - $78.00
Total Cost - $6,166.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speech - tri funds annual conference.
Notes - Spouse Lu Young accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,653.08
Lodging Cost - $1,246.93
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $5,200.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - September 22, 2001 - September 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ruidoso, NM

Purpose - fact finding - Museum of American West
Notes - The sponsor was not disclosed. No lodging costs were disclosed for an overnight trip.

Travel Cost - $1,483.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,483.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association
Dates - January 13, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at annual convention
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,797.00
Lodging Cost - $1,427.00
Meal Cost - $1,425.00
Other Cost - $122.00
Total Cost - $7,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Maritime Officers
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 6, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Dania, FL

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes - spouse Lu Young accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,240.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $640.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,680.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Associated General Contractors of America
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 19, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak to AGC convention and other industry groups
Notes - Spouse Lu Young accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,740.00
Lodging Cost - $1,962.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $7,142.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - MTD Exec Board Convention and presentation
Notes - with spouse Lu Young - meal expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $4,400.10
Lodging Cost - $1,423.32
Meal Cost - $40.37
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,863.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - with spouse Lu Young

Travel Cost - $1,412.00
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $832.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,076.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - roundtable: country of origin labeling
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - roundtable country of origin labeling and WIC reauthorization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,392.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Guardian Air Service
Dates - April 14, 2003 - April 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Ontario, CA - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - transportation briefings
Notes - with spouse Lu Young

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,500.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Totem Ocean Trailer Express
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Christening of the MV Northstar
Notes - with spouse Lu Young

Travel Cost - $7,421.00
Lodging Cost - $993.60
Meal Cost - $536.35
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,950.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - West Start, Calstart, UTC, Irisbus, BP, Ballard, Daimler Chrysler
Dates - April 9, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Barcelona, Spain - Heidleberg, Germany

Purpose - European Fuel Cell Development
Notes - 4/9-411 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,400.00
Meal Cost - $875.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of General Contractors, Phoenix
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - address AGC Phoenix annual dinner
Notes - spouse - Lu Young

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,897.91
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,247.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Warren Chisholm Benefit to Keep Texas Beautiful
Dates - March 3, 2005 - March 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Honorary Host and Guest Speaker
Notes - DC - Austin - Little Rock

Travel Cost - $3,814.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $209.88
Other Cost - $65.94
Total Cost - $4,089.82

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.