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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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  • 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

Robert Menendez


Total cost of 43 office trips: $120,992.84


Trips by Robert Menendez
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $48,578.06

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION FORUM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,802.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,623.09
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $5,633.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU TO MAUI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PANEL MEMBER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,927.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ TO MEXICO CITY TO MCALLEN, TX
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH NEW MEXICAN PRESIDENT AND GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,834.00
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: CHCI BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $639.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LATINO LAW REVIEW OF HARVARD
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $449.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 29, 2001
Expense: $1,544.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE - SPEAKING ROLE
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,953.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO FT. LAUDERDALE TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,015.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ TO LOS ANGELES TO MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,617.00
source

Destination: W. PALM BEACH/MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE WINTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,999.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: US Hispanic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Sep 18, 2004
Expense: $521.73
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,883.34
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Menendez

Amitabha Bose
James Datri
Steven Feldgus
Michael Hutton
Andrew Kauders
Jessica Lewis
Kay Licausi
Lauren Lyons
Maria Meier
Karissa Willhite



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.