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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

Solomon Ortiz


Total cost of 49 office trips: $232,118.47


Trips by Solomon Ortiz
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $108,230.45

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT (ANNUAL EVENT)
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,629.09
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & TO IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (13 days)
Expense: $5,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION
Date: May 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,950.00
source

Destination: JAPAN AND SINGAPORE
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING AND DAI NISSHIN CORPORATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING WITH THE CITY GOVT OF CORPUS CHRISTI & THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,432.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE - HONG KONG - SHANGHAI
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING & DAI NISSHIN CORP.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SECURE JOBS FOR THE 27TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,465.70
source

Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $7,897.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,346.00
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Marathon Oil Corporation
Purpose: TO GIVE BRIEFING ON MARATHON OIL PROJECT TO THE U.S. EMBASSY
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG TO DONG GUAN CITY TO GUANGZHOU CITY TO SHANGHAI CITY TO SHENYANG CITY TO BEIJING
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND A TRADE MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (17 days)
Expense: $9,075.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO/NEWARK
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC/SONY ELECTRONICS/ALTRIA/TIME WARNER/PFIZER/COLA/FANNIE MAE/VERIZON/ASTRAZENECA/AVENTIS/ELI LILLY/GLAXOSMITHKLINE/PHRMA/PUERTO RICO TELEPHONE.
Purpose: "TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT" TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE CONG. HISPANIC CAUCUS; THE CONG. BLACK CAUCUS & THE CONG. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS.
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,736.66
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $5,300.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI/HONG KONG/BEIJING/TAIPEI/LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $4,700.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIAMI
Sponsor: Asociacion Dominicana de Zonas Francas
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN RELATION TO FREE TRADE WITH THE USA
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,260.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: L.A./TAIPEI, TAIWAN/KAOHSIUNG/TAIPEI/L.A.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP/MEETING WITH HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: BEIJING TO GUANGZHOU
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $4,745.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE-BEIJING-HONG KONG
Sponsor: THE LAW OFFICES OF FILEMON VELA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (13 days)
Expense: $11,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Solomon Ortiz

Denise Blanchard
Todd Curry
David Garcia
Jonathan Gracia
Marvin King
John Mcgregor
Vickie Plunkett
Florencio Rendon
Patricia Villareal



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.