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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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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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    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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LUGAR, RICHARD G, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 33
Total cost of trips - $148,612.64

Average cost per trip - $4,503.41
Total number of days spent traveling - 165 days
Rank of representative - 14 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Sen. And Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program, "Effective Strategies to Accelerate Education Reform"
Notes - Mrs. Lugar participated.

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,336.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Asia-Pacific Roundtable Institute, Stanford University
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker and participant in the conference discussions at the Asia-Pacific roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,982.40
Lodging Cost - $967.14
Meal Cost - $446.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,395.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in The Aspen Institute Congressional Program on US policy toward Cuba
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,268.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,273.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participate in the Aspen institute's congressional program on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,964.75
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,179.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,106.75

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in The Aspen Institute's Congressional Program, "Russia under Putin and US-Russia relations"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,846.80
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,946.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Asia-Pacific Roundtable Institute, Stanford University
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Senator gave a keynote address and participated in the Asia-Pacific Roundtable Annual Conference on US-Asian relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,863.50
Lodging Cost - $1,062.72
Meal Cost - $406.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,332.72

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's congressional program on Islam
Notes - Doesn't indicate if Mrs. Lugar's expenses are included

Travel Cost - $1,496.20
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,036.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's congressional program, "U.S.-Russia Relations"
Notes - Doesn't indicate if Mrs. Lugar's expenses are included

Travel Cost - $3,439.60
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,134.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 25, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's congressional program, "U.S.-China Relations"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,742.96
Lodging Cost - $2,176.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,478.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on education reform - Other costs totaled trans, meal and lodging so I didn't note it because it obviously was a mistake
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,175.00
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $2,880.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,751.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar participated in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,312.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,512.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar participated in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on political Islam
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,024.80
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,024.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,097.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,422.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on U.S.-Mexico relations
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,058.00
Lodging Cost - $2,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,253.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Senator Lugar was a participant in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on Education Reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,916.11
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,336.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 27, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Senator Lugar was a participant in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on Political Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,616.60
Lodging Cost - $1,365.00
Meal Cost - $738.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,719.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,271.90
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,746.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on the global environment
Notes - Mrs. Lugar accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,873.30
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,473.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Participation in Congressional Program Conference
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare from DC, 3 nights lodging at Scottsdale Conference Center, all meals, for senator and spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assembly Columbia Univ
Dates - September 27, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To receive the American Assembly's Service to Democracy Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $557.54
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $937.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dallas Council of Foreign Relations
Dates - January 4, 2005 - January 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Senator Lugar gave a speech to the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations on January 5, 2005
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,062.20
Lodging Cost - $494.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,556.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Riverside Theater of Vero Beach Florida
Dates - January 17, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vero Beach, FL

Purpose - To give two speeches to the Distinguished Lecturer Series of Vero Beach, Florida
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,744.36
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,744.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program Conference on Education Reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,721.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,341.80

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,069.70
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,065.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,209.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Council for the US & Italy
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - The Council for the US and Italy invited Senator Lugar to New York to give a speech during the opening dinner of their biennial conference in New York on December 2, 2004.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $834.99
Lodging Cost - $541.72
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,376.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on US Policy in Latin America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,191.68
Lodging Cost - $2,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,167.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Forum Club of Southwest Florida Inc
Dates - March 19, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (16 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Senator Lugar gave a speech to the Forum Club of Southwest Florida on April 1, 2005, accompanied by Mrs. Lugar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,386.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - BKD LLP
Dates - July 24, 2005 - July 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St Louis, MO

Purpose - Senator Lugar gave a speech to a conference on manufacturing hosted by BKD, LLP, on July 25, 2005
Notes -

Travel Cost - $411.40
Lodging Cost - $216.49
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $627.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - To attend the 166th General Convention of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $243.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $243.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sallie Mae, Inc
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar attended the Indiana gubernatorial inauguration on January 10, 2005, flying from Washington, DC to Indianapolis via a corporate jet provided by Sallie Mae, Inc
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Threat Initiative
Dates - September 19, 2005 - September 20, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Senator Lugar was a participant at an NTI event with former Senator Sam Nunn at the Council on Foreign Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $667.50
Lodging Cost - $614.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,281.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - McConnell Center for Political Leadership at Univ of Louisville
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Senator Lugar appeared and spoke at the McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $174.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $174.02

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Senator and Mrs. Lugar were participants in the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,422.22
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,384.22

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.