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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.

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Office of

Patrick Leahy


Total cost of 15 office trips: $38,927.36


Trips by Patrick Leahy
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $31,314.09

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA CONVENTION FOR SELF AND SPOUSE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,021.15
source

Destination: ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
Purpose: REMARKS AT MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION ANNUAL BANQUET. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jun 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION
Purpose: REMARKS AT MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION BANQUET, MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $295.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Purpose: REMARKS AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SIMONS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $5,595.33
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY THE CONSUMER ELECTRONIC ASSOCIATION AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,857.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Allen & Company
Purpose: DISCUSSION IN THE PANEL SESSION ON HIV/AIDS AT THE ALLEN & COMPANY ANNUAL CONFERENCE. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,818.01
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: University of Kentucky
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE MCCONNELL SCHOLARS AS WELL AS THE GENERAL LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. MARCELLE LEAHY ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,749.60
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: U.S. PARTICIPANT IN CSIS'S HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE ENTITLED "THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.-FRENCH SECURITY RELATIONSHIP." MARCELLE ACCOMPANIED THE SENATOR ON THIS TRIP
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $15,503.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Patrick Leahy

Steven Dettelbach
Kevin Mcdonald
Matthew Payne-Funk
Philip Toomajian
Erik Winchester



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.