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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 big 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 big 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

Jerry Weller


Total cost of 67 office trips: $130,198.65


Trips by Jerry Weller
Total cost of congressperson's 30 trips: $57,771.22

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Association of Convenience Stores
Purpose: SPEAK AT NACS'S ANNUAL TRADE SHOW
Date: Oct 3, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $258.05
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Entertainment Industry Development Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONGRESSIONAL FORUM
Date: Jan 19, 2000
Expense: $755.59
source

Destination: KEY WEST, FL
Sponsor: Association Of Imaging Technology And Sound
Purpose: SPEAK AT I.T.S. PRESIDENT'S RETREAT
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $953.33
source

Destination: KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,881.77
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE RESORT / LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SPEAK AT SUMMIT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,073.05
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-EUROPEAN INTERNET & E-COMMERCE SESSION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,584.30
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP
Purpose: SPEAK TO BUSINESS CEOS
Date: Nov 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $4,249.86
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS TO BWI
Sponsor: Digital System Resources Inc
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Nov 13, 2000
Expense: $330.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,615.50
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: HEWLETT PACKARD/INTUIT/AGILEUR/ORACLE
Purpose: INTRODUCTION TO THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY.
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $725.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: GAIN AN OVERVIEW OF COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.26
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: SPEECH & PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,298.80
source

Destination: JACKSON NOLL, WYOMING
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: SPEAK TO THEIR LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,911.25
source

Destination: CHICAGO TO ASPEN, CO TO WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: TO MODERATE A PANEL/SPEECH
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,179.72
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PRIVACY SUMMIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $137.91
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAKING TO INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $891.50
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,510.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jun 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $514.49
source

Destination: CHICAGO TO TAMPA
Sponsor: PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THEIR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $646.39
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE & CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: TO BE A PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,229.81
source

Destination: WDC TO KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: SPEAK AT NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,334.40
source

Destination: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Sponsor: Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,212.23
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: PUERTO RICO BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP RE: TAX & TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,424.65
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-CHICAGO (ONLY THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO CHICAGO PORTION WAS PAID FOR AT THE SPONSOR'S EXPENSE)
Sponsor: THE DOMINICAN ASSOCIATION OF FREE ZONE INDUSTRIES AND THE NATIONAL FREE ZONE COUNCIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ISSUES BETWEEN THE US AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,137.54
source

Destination: CHICAGO-ATLANTIC CITY
Sponsor: Dominican-American National Roundtable
Purpose: OFFER REMARKS ON ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $897.68
source

Destination: ATLANTIC CITY-SAN FRANCISCO-CHICAGO
Sponsor: Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association Inc
Purpose: TO RECEIVE AWARD & ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,346.96
source

Destination: CHICAGO-MEXICO DF-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS W/ US EMBASSY AND MEETINGS W/ ELECTED LEADERSHIP IN MEXICO
Date: Apr 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,871.41
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Asociacion Dominicana de Zonas Francas
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING THE PROPOSED DR-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,060.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE DISCUSSION OF 10 YEARS OF PROGRESS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: CONG. WELLER WASHINGTON, DC-MIAMI-CHICAGO MRS. WELLER GUATEMALA CITY-MIAMI-GUATEMALA CITY
Sponsor: NATIONAL COFFEE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: DELIVER FOREIGN POLICY ADDRESS ON COFFEE AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,982.47
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jerry Weller

Torrey Babson
John Dusik
Benjamin Fallon
Jeanette Forcash
James Hayes
Danielle Hernandez
Debbie Militello
Alan Tennille
Alison Veit
Jeanette Whitener



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 big 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.