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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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.

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Office of

Corrine Brown


Total cost of 29 office trips: $74,284.42


Trips by Corrine Brown
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $65,128.00

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: DISCUSS AVIATION SAFETY ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,242.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKER AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $5,014.02
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
Sponsor: MILES LAW SCHOOL
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE ANNUAL LAW DAY BANQUET
Date: May 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $447.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: N.Y. STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, AND HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF THE NEW YORK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,991.24
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE WHICH WILL PROVIDE OVERVIEW OF THE CONDITION OF RAILROADS & EXAMINE CURREN TRANSPORTATION AND POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,817.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AIRLINES/AT&T/MICROSOFT
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATION AND TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,734.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FOCUS ON HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN BE UTILIZED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND TO EMPOWER CONSTITUEN
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,994.10
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO TRADE WITH THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICA
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,391.30
source

Destination: REAGAN NATIONAL-MIAMI
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCES AT THE MEETING AND TRAINING CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.19
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING ENERGY SUMMIT
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $7,146.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inc
Purpose: OVERVIEW TOUR (MEETINGS, DEMONSTRATIONS)
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - FREEPORT
Sponsor: Jacksonville Airport Authority
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A TRADE MISSION TO DEVELOP BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,383.66
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-AMSTERDAM-LONDON-MIAMI-JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Jacksonville Airport Authority
Purpose: TOUR THE AIRPORT BAGGAGE HOLD SECURITY SYSTEM
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,203.18
source

Destination: ALEXANDRIA, VA TO LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO DISCUSS COMMON INTERESTS BETWEEN THE MEMBERS OF THE CBC, CHC & CAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,196.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - PITTSBURG - CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ESTABLISH PRIORITIES FOR A PROACTIVE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,747.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO-FT. LAUDERDALE-JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKER AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE EXAMINING THE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES BY RAILROAD INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,989.71
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE-DALLAS-LOS ANGELES-MONTEREY
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,731.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-MIAMI-NASSAU
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE W/ CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, MINISTERS, GOVERNMENT, ETC. TO EXPLORE BUSINESS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN THE U.S AND COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: GAINESVILLE, CHARLOTTE, SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKER AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TO PROVIDE OVERVIEW OF THE CONDITION OF RAILROADS AND TO EXAMINE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,429.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK-WEST PALM BEACH-FT. LAUDERDALE-JACKSON
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE EXAMINING THE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES BY RAILROAD INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,917.40
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE CONDITION OF THE RAILROADS AND TO EXAMINE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,601.40
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Corrine Brown

Gretchen Hitchner
Roshan Hodge
Nicholas Martinelli
Yvonne Reed
Monica Sheffield
Elias Simmons
David Simon
Adrian Wright



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.