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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

Jim Leach


Total cost of 30 office trips: $54,494.19


Trips by Jim Leach
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $31,581.52

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT "NEW WORLD OF FINANCIAL SERVICES" CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND GIVE PRESENTATIONS ON AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Council of Life Insurance
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO A SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE CONFERENCE OF STATE BANK SUPERVISORS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL STATES CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: TOUR AND MEETING
Date: Jul 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: SPENCER, IA
Sponsor: IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 22, 2000
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Deloitte & Touche
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 11, 2000
Expense: $150.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,292.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,878.00
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN LEACH WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET LEADERSHIP AWARD
Date: May 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,711.04
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO CHICAGO, IL TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A CONFERENCE ON "CHICAGO AS A GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER"
Date: Jun 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $245.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS, MEET WITH WORLD LEADERS
Date: Jan 25, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,549.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Leach

Mary Andrus
Michael Borden
Amy Butler
Julie Duhme
James Mccormick
Gary Parker
David Renkel
Gregory Wierzynski
Naomi Zeff



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.