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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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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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.

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Office of

Gregory Meeks


Total cost of 124 office trips: $358,886.11


Trips by Gregory Meeks
Total cost of congressperson's 37 trips: $145,188.30

Destination: ALBANY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose: NYS ASSOC. OF BLACK & PUERTO RICAN LEGIS. SPEAKER
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $594.56
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 2000 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE TO MARK THE 35TH ANNIV. OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: MYSTIC, CT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: LAUNCHING OF THE RECREATED FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $167.70
source

Destination: CUBA (HAVANA)
Sponsor: CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION & THE GEN. SERVICE FOUNDATION
Purpose: ACCESS THE IMPACT OF THE FOOD & MEDICINE EMBARGO ON THE CUBAN PEOPLE, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE AFRO-CUBAN POPULATION
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,264.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: CONG. BLACK CAUCUS VISIT TO NY STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,253.52
source

Destination: ACCRA, GHANA
Sponsor: Hopkins Lawrence & Bailey PC
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jul 29, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,560.00
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: CARIBBEAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $757.80
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $13,420.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CBC TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,780.05
source

Destination: SAN JUAN
Sponsor: STOP THE BOMBING OF VIEQUES LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2001
Expense: $1,270.60
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,520.75
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: CBC ENERGY INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,731.50
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (NYC-SAN JUAN-NYC)
Sponsor: STOP THE BOMBING OF VIEQUES LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Purpose: ATTEND FEDERAL TRIAL OF ATTY. ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR. & DENNIS RIVERA
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,082.60
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO (SAN JUAN)
Sponsor: Todo Puerto Rico Con Vieques
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT THE ISLAND OF VIEQUES
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,016.40
source

Destination: NY - MIAMI - WASH, DC
Sponsor: Horizons Marketing Group Inc
Purpose: LUNCHEON SPEAKER
Date: Sep 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $722.81
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: British Airways
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $8,436.00
source

Destination: LONDON, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: FACT - FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,558.84
source

Destination: DULLES AIRPORT - NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: 2002 DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,085.51
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO LONDON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jun 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,315.54
source

Destination: ANTIGUA-BARBADOS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,436.70
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS & GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,649.05
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,596.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,811.12
source

Destination: NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: KINGSTON, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Upliftment Jamaica
Purpose: RECIPIENT OF THE 2003 UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA INTN. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Date: Dec 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,652.92
source

Destination: MUMBAI, INDIA
Sponsor: SAI Women International
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 2, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $17,194.39
source

Destination: ST. LUCIA - ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2004 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION.
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $8,233.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR PFIZER CORPORATE PLANNING MEETING
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,886.30
source

Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,055.37
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERIAL
Date: May 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $633.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $895.05
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,500.94
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA; ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONG. DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,243.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S TV ANNUAL BUSINESS & INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $884.91
source

Destination: MEMPHIS
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $316.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Gregory Meeks

Jameel Aalim-Johnson
Faith Blackburne
Tasha Bradley
Ian Campbell
Priya Dayananda
Melvenia Gueye
Patrick Jenkins
Jameel Johnson
Sophia King
Anu Kmt
Mike Mckay
Marc Mealy
Jennifer Stewart
Mischa Thompson



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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.