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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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LOTT, TRENT, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $36,944.32

Average cost per trip - $3,078.69
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 175 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Rebel Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, Atlanta, GA
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Telluride, CO

Purpose - address winter meeting
Notes - Wife accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,650.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,650.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - to address CSX's annual meeting
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Room rate includes meals

Travel Cost - $2,052.00
Lodging Cost - $608.44
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,660.44

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American College of Trial Lawyers, Irvine CA
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - To address spring conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,892.50
Lodging Cost - $1,758.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,651.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To address CSX's annual meeting
Notes - room rate includes 2 meals a day

Travel Cost - $2,000.00
Lodging Cost - $647.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,647.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Legislative speaking engagement to Railroad Industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $32.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,180.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Research Institute
Dates - June 6, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - To address regional meeting
Notes - [Sandestin Resport]

Travel Cost - $953.00
Lodging Cost - $468.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,531.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Congressional/Industry workshop
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,370.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pascagoula, MS

Purpose -
Notes - left purpose blank

Travel Cost - $602.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $602.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AAE/ACI-NA
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - To address conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,616.74
Lodging Cost - $912.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,028.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Legislative Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $549.20
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,442.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Address Legislative Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,554.00
Meal Cost - $515.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,069.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Popular Culture
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $728.00
Lodging Cost - $904.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,632.20

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.