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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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NELSON, BILL, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 34
Total cost of trips - $23,277.92

Average cost per trip - $684.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 76 days
Rank of representative - 270 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Futures Industry Association
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 15, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - To participate in the Washington Outlook Panel
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $516.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $516.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose -
Notes - no purpose noted

Travel Cost - $429.60
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $224.49
Other Cost - $30.28
Total Cost - $1,252.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - March 21, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $432.00
Meal Cost - $242.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $674.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - College of the Ozarks
Dates - May 10, 2003 - May 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Point Lookout, MO

Purpose - Delivery Commencement address at College.
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Amended 8/2/05

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $135.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,215.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Bar
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Manalapan, FL

Purpose - Speak to the Business Law Section of the Fl Bar's annual retreat
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $176.00
Meal Cost - $115.15
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $291.15

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2003 - January 1, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $820.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - June 12, 2004 - June 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - Annual Jefferson Jackson dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $138.75
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $138.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose -
Notes - Spouse accompanied - no purpose noted

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $788.32
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $2,873.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional panel participant
Notes - Spouse accompanied -lodging includes meal expenses

Travel Cost - $1,977.80
Lodging Cost - $1,094.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,072.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - DLC Spring Conference
Notes - [Amended to file travel report disclosing amounts] 5/3/05]

Travel Cost - $953.00
Lodging Cost - $1,009.68
Meal Cost - $612.00
Other Cost - $123.60
Total Cost - $2,698.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - October 5, 2002 - October 7, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - McBride campaign event. Denver, CO - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed. Costs include airfare for spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - McBride for Governor Campaign
Dates - October 17, 2002 - October 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Campaign event. Washington, DC - New York, NY - Tampa, FL
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare from DC to New York, to Tampa, FL.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - October 19, 2002 - October 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - McBride campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed. Costs include airfare for spouse. Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - McBride for Governor Campaign
Dates - October 21, 2002 - October 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tallahassee, FL - Orlando, FL - Miami, FL

Purpose - Campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfares.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - McBride for Governor Campaign
Dates - October 21, 2002 - October 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tallahassee, FL - Orlando, FL - Miami, FL

Purpose - McBride campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed. Costs include airfare for spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - October 28, 2002 - October 28, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - October 30, 2002 - October 30, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Campaign event
Notes - Lodging for McBride campaign event. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - McBride for Governor Campaign
Dates - October 30, 2002 - October 30, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - November 2, 2002 - November 2, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - McBride campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed. Costs include airfare for spouse for return trip home following McBride campaign events. NB - exact date not listed - just 'Nov 02'. Atlanta, GA - Washington, DC

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Democratic Party
Dates - November 2, 2002 - November 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Campaign event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs are for airfare and lodging for McBride campaign event.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - McBride for Governor Campaign
Dates - November 4, 2002 - November 4, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Florida statewide fly-around for McBride campaign rallies.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Reimbursement for self only. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed - costs are for air travel and hotel. Atlanta, GA - Chicago, IL - Washington DC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cuban-American National Foundation, Inc.
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Spouse's speaking engagement.
Notes - Reimbursement for spouse only. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed - costs are for round trip air travel from DC to PR.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Democratic Party
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaking engagement. Washington, DC - Atlanta, GA - Tallahassee, FL
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not listed; costs include air travel for senator and spouse. No dates listed.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Everglades Coalition
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Deliver keynote address to the Everglades Coalition conference regarding Everglades Restoration
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $327.00
Meal Cost - $69.44
Other Cost - $3.50
Total Cost - $399.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida League of Cities
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - Speak at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc
Dates - August 23, 2004 - August 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Speak at groundbreaking ceremony for Embraer's aircraft assembly hangar at Cecil Commerce Center
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $860.00
Meal Cost - $820.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,680.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $820.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Discuss policy issues before the Senate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $334.00
Lodging Cost - $205.67
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cuban-American National Foundation
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Cuban-American National Foundation banquet
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,179.54
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,179.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2002 - January 1, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $820.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Florida Transportation Assn
Dates - April 22, 2005 - April 22, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Aerial tour and briefing of agriculture, phosphate and environmental restoration, growth patterns and transportation in Polk, Hillsborough and Hardee counties
Notes - Polk, Hillsborough & Hardee Counties

Travel Cost - $725.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $725.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northwest Florida League of Cities
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 21, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Northwest FL League of Cities annual dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $160.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $160.95

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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