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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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BREAUX, JOHN B, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 61
Total cost of trips - $162,495.76

Average cost per trip - $2,663.86
Total number of days spent traveling - 217 days
Rank of representative - 5 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council/Pan American Leather Fair
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - To deliver a speech to the LA Fur and Alligator Advisory Council at the Miami Convention Center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,669.00
Lodging Cost - $364.41
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,033.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HealthSouth Corporation, 4851 65th Place North, Birmingham, AL 35206
Dates - February 16, 2000 - February 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Deliver keynote luncheon speech at the Warburg Dillon Read Healthcare Services Conferences.
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,970.99
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,270.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To deliver speech to the 49th Annual Convention and International Exposition of the National Television Association
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,477.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,477.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - El Paso Energy Corporation
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - To address the Tennessee Gas Pipeline 2000 Shipper Meeting at Amelia Island Plantation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,215.00
Lodging Cost - $653.58
Meal Cost - $207.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,075.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Goldman Sachs
Dates - June 9, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - To deliver a keynote speech to Goldman Sachs Twenty-first annual Healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,335.38
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $644.34
Total Cost - $8,379.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Eli Lilly Corporation
Dates - July 28, 2000 - July 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - To deliver keynote speech to Eli Lilly annual conference
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer, Inc.
Dates - August 30, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Groton, CT

Purpose - To meet with Pfizer Executives and tour the Pfizer Global Research & Development Center
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $2,910.54
Meal Cost - $523.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,233.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To participate in Congressional Panel Discussion titled, "Fall Legislative Agenda and how it affects the November elections."
Notes - at the Greenbrier

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,216.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $27.56
Total Cost - $1,244.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Westfield, NJ

Purpose - To speak about current legislative issues/addressing a group of executives at the Connell Company
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $2,100.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - September 17, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baton Rouge, LA

Purpose - To make opening remarks and serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Shaw Group/Energy Formation Ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,180.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fay Improvement Company
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 11, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - To participate in a panel discussion/post election conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,436.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,686.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health and Life Organization
Dates - November 16, 2000 - November 18, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Long Boat Key, FL

Purpose - To give a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost - $540.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,497.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Government of Puerto Rico
Dates - December 29, 2000 - January 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Inauguration Ceremonies for Governor Fox of Puerto Rico
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,622.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 11, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - DLC spring retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,363.00
Lodging Cost - $491.46
Meal Cost - $670.44
Other Cost - $53.72
Total Cost - $5,578.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 29, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker to group of CEOs representing America's pharmaceutical companies
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,946.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,606.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - speaker at John F. Kennedy School of Government and participate in Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,467.75
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $672.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,012.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Soap and Detergent Association
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - deliver keynote address and attend annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,525.50
Lodging Cost - $1,225.32
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,200.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Independent Petroleum Association of America
Dates - February 2, 2001 - February 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Independent Petroleum Association of America's 5th annual Wildcatter's Ball, award recipient and keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,676.58
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,906.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - keynote speaker to senior tax professionals at annual meeting
Notes - stayed at Homestead Resort

Travel Cost - $334.75
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $659.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - attend Barksdale air show and tour facility
Notes - went to Barksdale Air Force Base

Travel Cost - $1,004.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,004.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Lewisburg, WV

Purpose - participated as a member of congressional panel for a discussion of critical public policy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,552.14
Lodging Cost - $818.31
Meal Cost - $152.64
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,523.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Public Gas Association
Dates - August 5, 2001 - August 8, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - participation in congressional panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,647.00
Lodging Cost - $375.00
Meal Cost - $306.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,328.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer, Inc.
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speaking to group of Pfizer executives - public policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $184.00
Lodging Cost - $1,445.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,929.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - September 7, 2001 - September 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - address a group of Connell Group executives on a variety of political issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,934.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,184.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,824.82
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,824.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Senior Housing Association
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting of ASHA
Notes - Other expenses for miscellaneous

Travel Cost - $1,036.50
Lodging Cost - $577.70
Meal Cost - $246.12
Other Cost - $81.18
Total Cost - $1,941.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 3, 2002 - August 7, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Bernalillo, NM

Purpose - Keynote Speaker at 19th annual International Sweetener Symposium. Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,089.66
Lodging Cost - $1,237.50
Meal Cost - $630.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,957.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Government Relations Council
Dates - October 17, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speak at the BGRC annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $850.00
Lodging Cost - $935.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,035.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Panel Discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $454.00
Lodging Cost - $623.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,077.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Serve on panel at school of government
Notes - Other expenses for miscellaneous

Travel Cost - $185.50
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $482.63
Other Cost - $93.03
Total Cost - $2,070.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Meals on Wheels Association of America
Dates - September 13, 2002 - September 15, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Attend conference and receive award for leadership on aging issues
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $344.72
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mexico Pacific basin Economic Council
Dates - October 21, 2002 - October 26, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Purpose - Speak at the Asia Pacific Business Advisory Council meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,436.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,486.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer, Inc.
Dates - August 28, 2002 - September 1, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak to senior executives
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $563.00
Lodging Cost - $1,978.56
Meal Cost - $849.98
Other Cost - $42.18
Total Cost - $3,433.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - PhRMA annual meeting
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,188.00
Lodging Cost - $710.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost - $432.00
Total Cost - $2,600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - Participation in seminar series on the 108th Congress
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $567.00
Lodging Cost - $910.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,677.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tax Council
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Keynote Speaker at 2002 Spring Legislative Conference
Notes - Other expenses for copies

Travel Cost - $1,030.50
Lodging Cost - $730.22
Meal Cost - $200.35
Other Cost - $15.95
Total Cost - $1,977.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tyson Foods
Dates - October 21, 2002 - October 26, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Purpose - Speak at the Asia Pacific Business Advisory Council meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,930.62
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,480.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 2, 2002 - December 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participate in a congressional/industry workshop with leaders of the shipbuilding industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,166.00
Lodging Cost - $159.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Participate in ITCA's winter Congressional Leadership Seminar at PGA National Resort and Spa
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,617.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $630.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,844.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in and speak at the Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Good faith estimate-other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,855.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in an address AAR's legislative conference.
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $3,201.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $516.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,717.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - to address a group of CEO's representing America's pharmaceutical companies at PhRMA's annual meeting
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $653.20
Meal Cost - $48.50
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $1,101.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wyeth, Inc.
Dates - March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - to address a group of CEO's representing America's pharmaceutical companies at PhRMA's annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,338.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $284.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,622.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - to participate in a Congressional Retreat concerning "Stimulating the U.S. Economy to Compete in the Global Arena"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,368.00
Lodging Cost - $2,881.50
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,299.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - April 11, 2003 - April 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - to speak with government representatives at Legislative Conference
Notes - original/amendment not specified

Travel Cost - $4,452.30
Lodging Cost - $1,432.99
Meal Cost - $1,609.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,494.45

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - gave speech to Elder Law Attorneys
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,125.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,125.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Challenge
Dates - May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - gave speech to panel "what are the legislative priorities for the balance of the year and the likelihood of accomplishing these priorities"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,411.88
Lodging Cost - $872.49
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,284.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Madison Performance Group
Dates - August 27, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to meet with Madison Perf. Group executives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $233.00
Lodging Cost - $2,561.25
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,994.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer, Inc.
Dates - August 31, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meet with Pfizer executives
Notes - New York to DC

Travel Cost - $764.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - September 5, 2003 - September 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meeting with the president of the Connell Company
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,033.00
Lodging Cost - $1,283.44
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,516.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Campbell-Crane & Assoc.
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - speaker at Invest to Compete Alliance Seminar
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $320.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $630.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,697.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - to speak at Health Policy Conference
Notes - other costs not specified. At Turnberry Club and Resort

Travel Cost - $2,280.36
Lodging Cost - $1,532.17
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $4,818.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer, Inc.
Dates - February 6, 2004 - February 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Wellington, FL

Purpose - To discuss the Medical Centers goals and concerns regarding Senate's new health care incentives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $940.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,515.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - April 1, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To speak to Board members on key issues
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,338.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,288.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak to CEOs of Nasdaq and other Members of Congress on today's key policy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $196.54
Lodging Cost - $78.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - to participate in panel discussion regarding the priorities of the 108th Congress
Notes - at Greenbrier Resort

Travel Cost - $1,915.80
Lodging Cost - $1,459.56
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,625.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nantucket, MA

Purpose - to participate in retreat for Democratic Senators
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,979.80
Lodging Cost - $730.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,959.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To discuss policy and legislation regarding the shipbuilding industry
Notes - 565 in other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $970.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost - $565.00
Total Cost - $2,355.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - The Support Foundation
Dates - November 12, 2000 - November 21, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs are for roundtrip air travel from Washington DC to Bangkok and meals and accomodation. Says '(SPOUSE)' next to sponsor name- assume this means spouse accompanied.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pfizer
Dates - September 2, 2004 - September 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address Senior Executives of Pfizer at their monthly board meeting - Attended luncheon and dinner meetings.
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,717.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,717.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Group
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 13, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - Attended luncheon to address Senior Executives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $598.14
Lodging Cost - $1,669.21
Meal Cost - $198.78
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,466.13

Additional family members - No

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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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