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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Mike Pence


Total cost of 30 office trips: $47,226.67


Trips by Mike Pence
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $25,713.52

Destination: RSC RETREAT
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $385.36
source

Destination:
Sponsor: THE ASPEN INSTITUTE-(THE MIKE PENCE COMMITTEE PAID REGISTRATION FEES OF
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: IAD-BERLIN, GERMANY AND RETURN
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONFERENCE ON INTERNL. TERRORISM
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,266.58
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $347.00
source

Destination: EVANSVILLE, IN
Sponsor: VANDERBURG CO RIGHT TO LIFE (TRAVEL & MEALS) TRI-STATE ATHLETIC CLUB (LODGING)
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE PROLIFE ISSUES TO STATE OF INDIANA
Date: Apr 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO NAPLES, FL; SPEAK TO RIGHT TO WORK NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Sponsor: NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE RIGHT TO WORK ISSUES
Date: Jan 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,256.78
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO THE GREENBRIER FOR THE 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT - EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO BOSTON, MA; SPEAK TO 2003 ANNUAL LEADERSHIP DINNER
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE PRO-ISRAEL ISSUES
Date: May 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $654.56
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO PALM BEACH, FL; SPEAK ON PANEL AT 2003 RESTORATION WEEKEND
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE GOVERNMENT & CONSERVATIVE ISSUES
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,809.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP AS A MEMBER OF MIDEAST & CENTRAL ASIA SUBCOMMITTEE ON IR COMMITTEE
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,871.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $484.46
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE CONGRESSIONAL & CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,114.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE CONGRESSIONAL & CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Apr 30, 2004
Expense: $648.19
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Richard Norman Co
Purpose: OFFICIAL; SPEAK TO PROMOTE CONGRESSIONAL & CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $259.88
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.41
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,761.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mike Pence

Ron Arnold
Skip Brown
Sheila Cole
Ryan Fisher
Leanne Holdman
Matt Lloyd
William Smith
Paul Teller
Patrick Wilson



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.