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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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Trips sponsored by

Jewish Community Relations Council(s)


Total cost of 24 trips: $86,857.69


Traveler: Stanton Bullock (from the office of Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
Destination: ISRAEL & JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
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Traveler: David Williams (from the office of Michael Forbes)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Jim Messina (from the office of Carolyn Mccarthy)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING, ISRAEL-MIDDLE EAST, PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,393.00
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Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Connell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE BASE/POACO PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Ryan (from the office of Anthony Weiner)
Destination: ISRAEL / JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PORCO
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: John Calvelli (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: ISABEL-JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING - ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PASCA
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Traub (from the office of Nita Lowey)
Destination: ISRAEL & JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT-FINDING RE: ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Steve Hall (from the office of Sue Kelly)
Destination: ISRAEL / JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING, ISRAEL-MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
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Traveler: Kiersten Stewart (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: ISRAEL/JORDAN
Purpose: EDUCATION, FACT-FINDING-ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,493.00
source

Traveler: Stuart Gottlieb (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: BUSINESS
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,956.10
source

Traveler: Charles Schumer (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH ISRAELI LEADERS
Date: Jul 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $12,218.00
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Traveler: Bradley Tusk (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH ISRAELI LEADERS
Date: Jul 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,650.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: NEWARK-ISRAEL-NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,392.89
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Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose:
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,875.76
source

Traveler: Barbara Mikulski (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH
Date: Feb 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $337.54
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,596.90
source

Traveler: Anthony Weiner (from the office of Anthony Weiner)
Destination: TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,510.90
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Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: LONDON - ISRAEL - NEW YORK
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH ELECTED & COMMUNITY LEADERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.20
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Traveler: Mark Kennedy (from the office of Mark Kennedy)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT FINDING - LEARNING VIABLE INFORMATION REGARDING HOMELAND SECURITY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,727.80
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Traveler: John Kline (from the office of John Kline)
Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS, FACT-FINDING MISSIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,727.80
source

Traveler: Michael Capuano (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $5,810.40
source

Traveler: Kate Auspitz (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: ISRAEL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $3,461.40
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Thomas (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK; TEL AVIV, ISRAEL; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: EXPOSURE TO VIEWS AND ISSUES OF MIDDLE EAST PEACE WITH NGO'S AND GOV'T OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,321.00
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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.