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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

Dennis Kucinich


Total cost of 55 office trips: $65,138.75


Trips by Dennis Kucinich
Total cost of congressperson's 44 trips: $43,166.71

Destination: NY CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose:
Date: Jan 12, 1998 (1 day)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: APPEAR AT A COMEDY FORUM IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Federation of Government Employees
Purpose: SPEECH BEFORE NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 27, 2000
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: University of Texas
Purpose: SPEECH & PANEL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $670.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: SPEECH & PANEL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $920.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Eath Day 2000
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 24, 2000
Expense: $1,109.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Purpose: WEB/TELEVISION INTERVIEW
Date: Apr 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,605.00
source

Destination: SPEECH BEFORE CONVENTION (KEYNOTE)
Sponsor: NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Sep 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $283.25
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 12, 2000
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, LOUISVILLE KY
Sponsor: EarthSave
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $128.80
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, NEW YORK CITY, WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Directors Guild of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,774.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, MARQUETTE, MICH.
Sponsor: Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jan 17, 2001
Expense: $1,083.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose:
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $682.39
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC (PROVIDED A CAR)
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $50.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, LA, WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,769.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER
Sponsor: COUNCIL OF CANADIANS
Purpose:
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,095.60
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, NYC, DC
Sponsor: Institute for Policy Studies
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $921.05
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR GLOBAL ACTION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,167.10
source

Destination: GW CAMPUS
Sponsor: Judicial Watch
Purpose: CAR RIDE TO INTERVIEW
Date: Feb 5, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $368.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,118.74
source

Destination: NEWARK
Sponsor: New Jersey Peace Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 21, 2002
Expense: $439.00
source

Destination: WASH DC-SEATTLE WA.-EUGENE OR.-CLEVELAND OH.
Sponsor: WESTERN STATES CAUCUS, EUGENE CHILDRENS PEACE ACEDEMY
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $836.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND - LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $549.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS - DUBROVNIK, CROROTA - CLEVELAND
Sponsor: PRAXIS PEACE INSTITUTE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS, CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $5,958.16
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: EarthSave
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 22, 2002
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND - NYC - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN REPORT FOUNDERS GROUP
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 15, 2002
Expense: $737.00
source

Destination: DETROIT - NYC
Sponsor: Global Renaissance Allia
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $544.00
source

Destination: P.O.D.-ATLANTA, GA DESTINATION-GREAT FALLS, MT RETURN-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: THE MONTANA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,198.64
source

Destination: SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA
Sponsor: AMERICA IN SOLIDARITY/PIERCE COUNTY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $983.79
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: Peace Alliance Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $794.18
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Unity on the River
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $613.56
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Ethical Society of St Louis
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 3, 2005
Expense: $383.80
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-LOS ANGELES, CA-PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $384.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Unitarian Universalist Church at Shelter rock
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $671.90
source

Destination: PORTLAND, ME-BANGOR, ME
Sponsor: MAINE PEGDE'S ALLIANCE, ISLAND PEACE & JUSTICE, BANDAIN COLLEGE DEMOCRATS
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.25
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LOS ANGELES, CA-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE & WAREHOUSE UNION LOCAL 13
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $904.20
source

Destination: ALIQUIPPA, PA
Sponsor: 4TH CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE FOR NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 21, 2005
Expense: $119.20
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS-UN
Date: May 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $813.15
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,026.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Jain Center of Northern California
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,281.54
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Sponsor: LINN COUNTY CENTRAL DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $291.71
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ALBANY, NY-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: Kushi Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $807.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dennis Kucinich

Souheila Al-Jadda
Jaron Bourke
Martin Gelfand
Arun Ivatury
Michael Oswalt
Auke Piersma
Kathie Scarrah
Samantha Spinney



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.