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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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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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Office of

William Jefferson


Total cost of 61 office trips: $292,061.24


Trips by William Jefferson
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $107,711.73

Destination: NIGERIA - EQUATORIAL GUINEA - SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: Shaw Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TRADE MISSION
Date: Nov 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,872.20
source

Destination: BOTSWANA (GABARARE, CHOBE)
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CODEL INVESTIGATING AGOA IMPLEMENTATION; ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES AND DIAMOND INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $20,753.33
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Sponsor: AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP & THE CONNELL CAMPANY
Purpose: TO MAKE TWO SPEECHES ON U.S. TRADE AGENDA BEFORE HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $513.34
source

Destination: CAPITOL TO LANSDOWNE RETREAT CTR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002
Expense: $60.40
source

Destination: LAGOS & ABUSA NIGERIA
Sponsor: STOLT GLOBESTAR, TDC OVERSEAS, LTD, GEORGE STEVENS RESOURCES
Purpose: REVIEW OF US TRADE & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (TDA) PROJECTS/BRIEFING ON NIGERIAN ELECTIONS
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $15,938.83
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, P.R.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT (HISPANIC, ASIAN & CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS)
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,234.76
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-YAOUNDE, CAMEROON-DOUALA, CAMEROON-MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA-SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: PROJECT CONSULTING SERVICES (PCS); VERIZON; IGATE, INC, LETH ENERGY, INC.
Purpose: IN HIS CAPACITY AS CO-CHAIR OF CONGRESSIONAL NIGERIA CAUCUS & AFRICA TRADE & INVESTMENT CAUCUS, REP. JEFFERSON LED A BUSINESS DELEGATION TO WEST AFRICA TO EXPLORE GENERAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES & AGOA (AFRICA GROWTH & OPPORTUNITY ACT) OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $16,313.00
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,418.74
source

Destination: WDC-MIAMI-NO, LA
Sponsor: WACHOVIA AND HECKERLING INSTITUTE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT 39TH ANNUAL HECKERLING INSTITUTE ON ESTATE PLANNING
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,624.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-LOUISIANA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: ATTEND MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING AND GIVE SPEECH ON LEGISLATION AFFECTING MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,116.80
source

Destination: WDC-EGYPT
Sponsor: Arab American Chamber of Commere
Purpose: CBC CODEL TO EGYPT FOR MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON TRADE POLICY & FOREIGN RELATIONS POLICY
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $13,314.00
source

Destination: CAIRO-UAE-QATAR-NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $10,303.50
source

Destination: LONDON-ACCRA
Sponsor: WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,247.85
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Jefferson

Kwemo Angelle
Lionel Collins
Atonte Diete-Spiff
Roberta Hopkins
John Metcalf
David Morgan
Nicole Smith
Melvin Spence
Nicole Venable



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.