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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.

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  • 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

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Office of

Jo Bonner


Total cost of 13 office trips: $38,404.64


Trips by Jo Bonner
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $25,993.10

Destination: MOBILE, ALABAMA - TEGUCIGALPO, HONDURAS (AND BACK)
Sponsor: D.R.G., INC. - MOBILE, ALABAMA; S.J. & L., INC. - MOBILE, ALABAMA
Purpose: REVIEW RECONSTRUCTION OF HONDURAS IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MITCH; RECEIVE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTING OF USAID EMERGENCY FUNDING.
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,038.87
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore Technologies
Purpose: EDUCATION ON ST & SUBSIDIARIES POTENTIAL WORK IN U.S./ALABAMA
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,207.24
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM-MOBILE, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Southern Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP TO POWER SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT IN WILSONVILLE, ALABAMA
Date: Jun 8, 2001
Expense: $304.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE AND SOUTHERN COMPANY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN NEVADA
Date: Aug 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $866.81
source

Destination: SANDESTIN, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEECH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $185.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Hyundai Motor America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA GRAND OPENING CEREMONY, TO PARTICIPATE IN A FACT FINDING TOUR OF THE PLANT OPERATIONS, TO LEARN ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HYUNDAI'S FIRST U.S. MANUFACTURING PLANT, AND TO MEET WITH HYUNDAI EXECU
Date: May 20, 2005
Expense: $824.73
source

Destination: PARIS
Sponsor: Mobile Airport Authority
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A DINNER MEETING AND PRESENTATION TO THE EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY (EADS) REGARDING A PROPOSED AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND ASSEMBLY CENTER IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. TO MEET WITH EADS EXECUTIVES AND LOCAL, STATE A
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,942.55
source

Destination: MOBILE, AL
Sponsor: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING MOBILE, AL AS THE SELECTED SITE FOR A EADS AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND FACILITY CENTER. TO MEET WITH EADS EXECUTIVES AND LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS REPRESENTING THE FIRST DISTRICT AND THE STATE OF ALABA
Date: Jun 22, 2005
Expense: $3,122.88
source

Destination: MOBILE, AL - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: TO EXPLORE FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES AFFECTING ISRAEL AND THE U.S. AND THE COUNTRIES' RESPONSE TO THOSE ISSUES. TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH ISRAELI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, MILITARY OFFICERS, US OFFICIALS, PALESTINIANS AND LEADING AC
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $10,501.02
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jo Bonner

J Watson Donald
Jonathan Hand
Alan Spencer
Kelle Strickland



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.