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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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Office of

Richard Lugar


Total cost of 36 office trips: $173,935.80


Trips by Richard Lugar
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $150,959.56

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM, "EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE EDUCATION REFORM."
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,336.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE DISCUSSIONS AT THE ASIA-PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,395.54
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN, GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,273.20
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SENATOR GAVE A KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND PARTICIPATED IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON US-ASIAN RELATIONS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,332.72
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,097.75
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON UNITED STATES-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,946.80
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,036.20
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,253.59
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $7,134.60
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM, "U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS"
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $7,478.96
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $6,751.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,512.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR PARTICIPATED IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,024.80
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,422.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $8,253.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,746.90
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,336.11
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,719.60
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,473.30
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,209.70
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE AMERICAN ASSEMBLY'S SERVICE TO DEMOCRACY AWARD
Date: Sep 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $937.54
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council for the US & Italy
Purpose: THE COUNCIL FOR THE U.S. AND ITALY INVITED SENATOR LUGAR TO NEW YORK TO GIVE A SPEECH DURING THE OPENING DINNER OF THEIR BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK ON DECEMBER 2, 2004
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,376.71
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Dallas Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR GAVE A SPEECH TO THE DALLAS COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ON JANUARY 5, 2005
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,556.70
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,167.68
source

Destination: VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Riverside Theatre
Purpose: TO GIVE TWO SPEECHES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Expense: $4,744.36
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,341.80
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Forum Club of Southwest Florida
Purpose: SENATOR LUGAR GAVE A SPEECH TO THE FORUM CLUB OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ON APRIL 1, 2005, ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. LUGAR
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (15 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. LUGAR WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,100.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Lugar

Jessica Fugate
Andrew Semmel
Paul Sinders
Manisha Singh



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

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    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.