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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Tom Feeney


Total cost of 57 office trips: $126,860.80


Trips by Tom Feeney
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $42,258.82

Destination:
Sponsor: BETTER HONGKONG FOUNDATION, CHINESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CORPORATION ASS., KOREA-US EXCHANGE COUNCIL
Purpose: INCREASE KNOWLEDGE OF SECURITY, TRADE, POLITICAL ENVIRONMENTS IN REGION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,743.55
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING DINNER FRIDAY NIGHT
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A BRIEFING ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Date: Feb 28, 2003
Expense: $175.37
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATIVE TOUR
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,643.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,341.01
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAKER AT RESTORATION WEEKEND 2003
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,947.20
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA REPUBLICA DOMINICAN-ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECON. COUNCIL'S 05 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,159.43
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (DULLES) TO PARIS FRANCE TO STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE & US.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,721.60
source

Destination: STUTTGART, GERMANY TO LONDON ENGLAND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT AT BALPPA'S PARLIAMENTARY LUNCH
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,198.41
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Purpose: 10TH AMENDMENT/FEDERAL AFFAIRS WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 2, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $376.21
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION & PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: MAKING THE GOAL OF ENTITLEMENT REFORM A REALITY
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,282.98
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Feeney

Jennifer Chester
Sherry Dudley
Myal Greene
Cheryl Moore
Jason Roe
Brandon Steinmann
Jessica Taylor
Ryan Visco
Netonis Wybensinger



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.