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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.

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.

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Office of

John Linder


Total cost of 35 office trips: $130,101.96


Trips by John Linder
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $91,198.29

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,030.13
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $861.64
source

Destination: VIENNA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,292.24
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON
Sponsor: AMERICAN SPIRIT FUND
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,367.40
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,023.00
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $18,784.69
source

Destination: ATLANTA-DES MOINES, IOWA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $909.88
source

Destination: TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN-ATLANTA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $853.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Expense: $655.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL-JORDAN
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING WHILE PROMOTING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & JOINT VENTURES DEFENSE AEROSPACE HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION OF PEACE
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $19,650.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA-WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,681.00
source

Destination: FRANKFURT, BUDAPEST
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,217.31
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,654.20
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $951.80
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT & WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: ATL-HOU-IAD
Sponsor: Tax Leadership Council
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD & ITS SUPPORTERS ABOUT THE PROSPECT FOR TAX REFORM IN THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Apr 11, 2005
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA-DENVER, COLORADO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Americans For Fair Taxation Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 25, 2005
Expense: $10,863.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Linder

Jennifer Coxe
William Evans
Scott Haggard
Kimberly Herb
Gretchen Learman
Henry Plaster
Julie Schmidt
Michael Swansburg
Rob Woodall
William Woodall



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.