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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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Larry Craig


Total cost of 154 office trips: $188,340.53


Trips by Larry Craig
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $47,022.22

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: ADDRESS AIPAC BOARD MEETING REGARDING AMERICAN ISRAEL ISSUES
Date: Jan 23, 2000
Expense: $1,213.50
source

Destination: WOODS HOLE, MA
Sponsor: Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Purpose: VISIT WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE FOR BRIEFINGS ON CLIMATE SCIENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $706.75
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: MEETINGS AND BRIEFINGS WITH COMPANY OFFICIALS ON RESOURCE ISSUES
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $4,760.38
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: NATIONAL MILK PRODUCER FEDERATION
Purpose: MEET WITH NMPF BOARD AND ADDRESS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,136.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE AGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,779.98
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BOARD MEMBERS ANNUAL MEETING PAYMENT MADE FOR BOARD MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL RIFFLE ASSOCIATION
Date: May 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.50
source

Destination: HAYDEN TO SUN VALLEY
Sponsor: Hayden Air Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION REGARDING IDAHO BUSINESS ISSUES
Date: Aug 21, 2001
Expense: $203.13
source

Destination: IDAHO TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Huntsman Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT & GRAND BREAKING EVENT
Date: Aug 25, 2001
Expense: $375.00
source

Destination: OROFINO TO COUER D'ALENE
Sponsor: Wilson Construction LLC
Purpose: TO MEET WITH VETERANS AT THE KOOTENAI COUNTY CARTHOUSE
Date: Aug 29, 2001
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: COEUR D'ALINE, ID
Sponsor: Great West Gymfest
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE GREAT WEST GYM FEST
Date: Mar 2, 2002
Expense: $167.63
source

Destination: BOISE, ID TO COUER D'ALENE, ID
Sponsor: RILEY CREEK LUMBER COMPANY
Purpose: SPEAKING TO 150 OF THEIR MEMBERS
Date: Apr 2, 2002
Expense: $97.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NRA'S ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,636.26
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NRA'S ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
Date: Apr 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,266.66
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Western Academic Alliance Symposium
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THEIR CONVENTION
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,949.80
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,127.36
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, CANADA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ENERGY SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jul 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,560.25
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Center for the New West
Purpose: CENTER FOR THE NEW WEST ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $347.93
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Western Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE WESTERN BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THEIR SUMMIT
Date: Jan 5, 2005
Expense: $688.20
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT TO EEI CEO CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2005
Expense: $181.40
source

Destination: CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Seniors Housing Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE AMERICAN SENIORS HOUSING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $606.84
source

Destination: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: MANUEL CUNHA
Purpose: MEETING WITH SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY GROWERS-AGJOBS MEETING
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,605.00
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $770.06
source

Destination: INDIA (NEW DELHI & AGRA)
Sponsor: Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Purpose: ADOPTION SITE VISITS & MEETINGS WITH INDIAN MINISTERS
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $15,945.47
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Center for the New West
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE CENTER FOR THE NEW WEST ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $388.73
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: NRA BOARD MEETINGS
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,672.39
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Larry Craig

Sarah Berk
Leann Bifford
Jason Bohrer
Jan Brackett
Michael Cannon
Calli Daly
Nigel De Caster
Georgia Dixon
Lauren Fuller
William Hart
Megan Healey
Brandon Heiner
Nathan Helm
James Jatras
Nils Johnson
Travis Jones
Lisa Kidder
Marc Kilmer
Toni Lawson
Brooke Loesby
John Martin
Michael Mathews
Gordon Matlock
Zola Mcmurray
Patrick Meuleman
Megan Mooney
Judith Myers
Scott Nystrom
George O'connor
Lincoln Oliphant
Lori Otto
Chelsey Penrod
John Peschke
Judy Prinkey
Brian Reardon



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.