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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

    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.

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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BOXER, BARBARA, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $75,183.57

Average cost per trip - $4,698.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 62 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend the JFK/School/Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied. At Turnberry Isle.

Travel Cost - $1,228.09
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $869.36
Other Cost - $79.95
Total Cost - $3,436.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on the Convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,975.60
Lodging Cost - $1,443.00
Meal Cost - $1,920.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,338.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on U.S. Policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,811.10
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,671.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 11, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Speak at an AIPAC conference
Notes - Spouse Stewart accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,725.22
Lodging Cost - $1,002.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,728.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - Husband Stewart accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,720.82
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,000.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - California Trade
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $758.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $352.00
Total Cost - $1,910.00

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 - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $2,220.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,345.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Participate in conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $4,091.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,241.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 26, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in conference in U.S. policy toward Columbia
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $2,696.96
Lodging Cost - $2,720.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,016.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 20, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by husband, Stewart

Travel Cost - $4,565.00
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,260.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Westin Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Notes - Actual reimbursement-traveled with spouse Steward Boxer-does not specify whether costs are separate or together

Travel Cost - $88.86
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $756.36
Other Cost - $40.74
Total Cost - $1,285.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nevada Democratic Party
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs are for roundtrip air travel from San Francisco CA to Las Vegas NV and hotel accommodation for self and spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sierra Club Environmental Law Program
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sundance, UT

Purpose - At attend a conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,126.80
Lodging Cost - $1,001.18
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,347.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,440.68
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,208.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - SS & K
Dates - June 1, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak at 100 Days of Action event to benefit Genocide Intervention Fund
Notes -

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $381.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

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

Travel Cost - $3,050.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,012.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.