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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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SARBANES, PAUL S, Democratic Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 43
Total cost of trips - $129,863.20

Average cost per trip - $3,020.07
Total number of days spent traveling - 168 days
Rank of representative - 22 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia relations sponsored by the Congressional Program of the Aspen Institute
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,500.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,484.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,964.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Dates - July 19, 2002 - July 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - address the audience at the 80th Grand Banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $170.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $170.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose - to participate in the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,074.40
Lodging Cost - $1,578.22
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,052.62

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,359.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,484.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $7,357.02
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $12,157.02

Additional family members - Yes


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

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

Travel Cost - $3,114.80
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,809.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Womens Economic Round Table, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Dates - November 3, 2003 - November 3, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To receive an award at the 25th anniversary of the Women's Economic Round Table and to speak at the meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Notes - It appears spouse accompanied because 2 plane tickets

Travel Cost - $267.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $267.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CNBC
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Purpose - To appear on the TV program "Louis Ruckeyser's Wall Street"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $383.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greek Orthodox Church, North America
Dates - February 20, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Participate in the 12th annual Leadership 100 conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $387.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Order of St. Andrew
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in annual Athenagoras Award dinner
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $290.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,027.28
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,677.28

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,878.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,603.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse accompanied - other is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,776.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,426.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Champaign, IL

Purpose - To deliver the Paul Douglas lecture
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,199.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,199.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - March 16, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - To receive Public Service Award and address university classes
Notes -

Travel Cost - $770.00
Lodging Cost - $212.53
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,052.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law Democrats
Dates - March 17, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Deliver remarks to the Harvard Law Democrats
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $212.53
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $242.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Drexel University
Dates - May 14, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - To deliver speech at the Lebow College of Business
Notes - other was parking

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $159.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $19.00
Total Cost - $262.43

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Spouse accompanied - other is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,595.00
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - To participate in conference on Brazil
Notes - Spouse Christine accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,876.36
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $7,246.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Conference
Dates - November 3, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed. Costs for round trip air travel, overnight accomodation for self and spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


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 - $4,431.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,636.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Union
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Nafplio, Greece - Athens, Greece

Purpose - To attend and give keynote address at the WHIU General Assembly
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,653.49
Meal Cost - $171.21
Other Cost - $633.22
Total Cost - $2,457.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Inc
Dates - April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Greek Independence Day speaking engagement related events
Notes -

Travel Cost - $326.60
Lodging Cost - $364.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $890.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard School of Public Health
Dates - May 9, 2005 - May 9, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To deliver keynote address on the Harvard School of Public Health - Cyprus International Initiative for the Environment and Public Health
Notes -

Travel Cost - $255.96
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $67.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $322.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/16/2005 to show amounts]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $258.00
Other Cost - $14.00
Total Cost - $492.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Economic Club of New York
Dates - February 2, 2004 - February 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Deliver address to the Economic Club of New York on Sarbanes-Oxley legislation
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/16/2005 to show amounts]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $105.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/16/2005 to show amounts]

Travel Cost - $173.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $164.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $447.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - May 27, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 10, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[amended 6/16/05 to add amounts.]

Travel Cost - $107.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $157.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Dates - October 8, 2004 - October 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - May 28, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $220.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $185.00
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 6, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,652.90
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,102.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - September 19, 2002 - September 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $108.00
Lodging Cost - $124.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - November 7, 2002 - November 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $276.00
Meal Cost - $296.00
Other Cost - $8.00
Total Cost - $580.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - January 24, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $138.00
Meal Cost - $171.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $309.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - June 19, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - To participate in conference on Constitutional Principles in American History
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,062.26
Meal Cost - $1,482.39
Other Cost - $16.11
Total Cost - $2,560.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $134.00
Meal Cost - $232.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $366.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - April 14, 2005 - April 15, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $289.00
Lodging Cost - $146.00
Meal Cost - $51.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $486.00

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 - $2,868.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,830.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cyprus Federation
Dates - September 15, 2005 - September 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Attend Cyprus Federation annual awards dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.20
Lodging Cost - $449.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,087.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Auburn Univ at Montgomery
Dates - October 10, 2005 - October 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Deliver remarks regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Act as part of the AUM School of Business Distinguished Speakers in Business lecture series
Notes -

Travel Cost - $633.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $26.50
Other Cost - $31.95
Total Cost - $691.85

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.