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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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BENNETT, ROBERT F, Republican Party
Utah

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $74,108.84

Average cost per trip - $4,117.16
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 63 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,806.20
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,131.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conference Group, Ltd.
Dates - November 28, 2000 - November 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Property Casualty Executive Conference as member of Banking Committee and Chairman of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,214.00
Lodging Cost - $449.24
Meal Cost - $33.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,696.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Direct Marketing Association
Dates - March 4, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - to address the Direct Marketing Association leaders forum regarding privacy, tax and other banking issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,791.78
Lodging Cost - $357.50
Meal Cost - $219.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,369.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,046.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,326.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at AIPAC Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $191.50
Lodging Cost - $243.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $434.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,039.16
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,164.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - May 3, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tuscon, AZ

Purpose - To participate in a transatlantic Policy Network Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $355.50
Lodging Cost - $159.00
Meal Cost - $78.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $592.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes - Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $2,018.00
Lodging Cost - $1,921.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,179.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 13, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - TPN Spring meeting
Notes - Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $3,367.88
Lodging Cost - $361.26
Meal Cost - $215.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,944.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - Senior Leadership Retreat
Notes - Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $123.00
Lodging Cost - $317.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $739.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - JFK School of Government/The Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Actual reimbursement-transportation includes car and flight-lodging cost includes two nights-other costs include jacket $35-pedometer $21

Travel Cost - $598.50
Lodging Cost - $1,805.98
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,935.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Utah Automobile Dealers Assn
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,136.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,065.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,076.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)
Dates - May 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Senator Bennett is the Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker
Notes - Including spouse They stayed in their home / Half of travel was for Mrs. Bennett Meal expenses: including Mrs. Bennett

Travel Cost - $2,406.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,660.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - Senator Bennett participated in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Including spouse (Half of all of expenses was for Mrs. Bennett)

Travel Cost - $4,348.80
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,798.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Paris, France - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - Senator Bennett is a Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker in a series of events
Notes - London - Paris - Brussels

Travel Cost - $5,996.00
Lodging Cost - $2,044.90
Meal Cost - $235.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,276.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - Senator Bennett participated in a conference on US/Russian/European relations
Notes - Including spouse Half of expense is for Mrs. Bennett

Travel Cost - $6,884.30
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,846.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
Dates - October 30, 2005 - October 30, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Senator Bennett participated and spoke at their conference.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,970.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost - $41.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,179.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.