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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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.

Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

Public Governance Institute


Total cost of 122 trips: $136,569.52


Traveler: Todd Akin (from the office of Todd Akin)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003, THE GREENBRIAR
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,592.00
source

Traveler: Rebecca Tice (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Purpose: IMPROVE BIPARTISAN RELATIONSHIPS & FUNCTIONING OF H OF R
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $713.00
source

Traveler: Charles Stenholm (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WEST VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: James Bailey (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Henry Bonilla (from the office of Henry Bonilla)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: THE GREENBRIER
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Lois Capps (from the office of Lois Capps)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Bob Goodlatte (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: BI PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Traveler: Phil Gingrey (from the office of Phil Gingrey)
Destination: WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003
Expense: $1,751.00
source

Traveler: Brian Baird (from the office of Brian Baird)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Tammy Baldwin (from the office of Tammy Baldwin)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEMBER COMMUNICATION
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Ron Kind (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination:
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,767.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,254.00
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003 AT THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Robert Aderholt (from the office of Robert Aderholt)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Ellen Kunert (from the office of Lucille Roybal-Allard)
Destination: PROVIDE STAFFING FOR BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT -TO PROMOTE GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS, EDUCATIONAL, ETC
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Traveler: Lucille Roybal-Allard (from the office of Lucille Roybal-Allard)
Destination: BUS AND TRAIN
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Petry (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT/THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Cox (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER RESORT-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: George Shevlin (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL "BIPARTISAN" RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Traveler: John Larson (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL "BIPARTISAN" RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,783.00
source

Traveler: Todd Platts (from the office of Todd Platts)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,935.00
source

Traveler: John Culberson (from the office of John Culberson)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Eric Cantor (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Traveler: Anibal Acevedo-Vila (from the office of Anibal Acevedo-Vila)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Mike Pence (from the office of Mike Pence)
Destination: TRAVEL TO THE GREENBRIER FOR THE 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Purpose: OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT - EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Mark Kennedy (from the office of Mark Kennedy)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: John Kline (from the office of John Kline)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Shelley Moore Capito (from the office of Shelley Moore Capito)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,818.00
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Jeff Miller (from the office of Jeff Miller)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: C.A. Ruppersberger (from the office of C.A. Ruppersberger)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: MEMBERS AND SPOUSE AND CHILDREN GET BETTER ACQUAINTED
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.00
source

Traveler: Jim Cooper (from the office of Jim Cooper)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Max Burns (from the office of Max Burns)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: BIPARTISAN PLANNING TRIP FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: John Mica (from the office of John Mica)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Dave Weldon (from the office of Dave Weldon)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ISSUES/AGENDA
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Susan Davis (from the office of Susan Davis)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,035.00
source

Traveler: Adam Schiff (from the office of Adam Schiff)
Destination:
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Luis Gutierrez (from the office of Luis Gutierrez)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: ATTEND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Traveler: Ed Pastor (from the office of Ed Pastor)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT FOR HOUSE MEMBERS
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Diane Liesman (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Ray Lahood (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Joan Mitchell (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Baron Hill (from the office of Baron Hill)
Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Harris (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT-FRESHMAN
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: David Scott (from the office of David Scott)
Destination: GREENBRIER VIA BUS/TRAIN
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.00
source

Traveler: Todd Tiahrt (from the office of Todd Tiahrt)
Destination: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Ken Lucas (from the office of Ken Lucas)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Ed Case (from the office of Ed Case)
Destination: BRIEFINGS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, ROUNDTABLES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Steve King (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, PUBLIC POLICY, 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.00
source

Traveler: Dave Camp (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Dale Kildee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Knollenberg (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.00
source

Traveler: Martin Olav Sabo (from the office of Martin Olav Sabo)
Destination: GREENBRIER, VA
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $994.00
source

Traveler: Charles Pickering (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: THE GREENBRIAR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONA RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Traveler: Jo Ann Emerson (from the office of Jo Ann Emerson)
Destination:
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $191.00
source

Traveler: Jo Ann Emerson (from the office of Jo Ann Emerson)
Destination:
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,035.00
source

Traveler: Atalie Ebersole (from the office of Jo Ann Emerson)
Destination:
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Traveler: Charles Bass (from the office of Charles Bass)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT @ THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Wally Herger (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Rodney Frelinghuysen (from the office of Rodney Frelinghuysen)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,035.00
source

Traveler: John Doolittle (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: TRAIN TO/FROM THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Carolyn Maloney (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: RETREAT/DISCUSSION/PLANNING
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Traveler: Amory Houghton (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: BIPARTISAN MEETING OF CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Robin Hayes (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C TO THE GREENBRIER, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,707.00
source

Traveler: Jim Marshall (from the office of Jim Marshall)
Destination: CHARTERED TRAIN TO GREENBNER RESORT, WV, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MEALS ACTIVITIES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,751.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: GREENBRIER, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Traveler: John Boozman (from the office of John Boozman)
Destination: TRAVEL BY BUS & AMTRAK TO THE GREENBRIER IN WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,101.00
source

Traveler: David Wu (from the office of David Wu)
Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Earl Blumenauer (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: GREENBRIER CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT, 2003
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Zach Wamp (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: GREENBRIER, WV-CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: FOR BI-PARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,751.00
source

Traveler: Brad Miller (from the office of Brad Miller)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Jim Turner (from the office of Jim Turner)
Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Frank Ballance (from the office of Frank Ballance)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Boxer (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS IN RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT, 2003
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,285.92
source

Traveler: Grace Napolitano (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING OPERATED BY THE PUBLIC GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $802.82
source

Traveler: Edward Royce (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,303.57
source

Traveler: Wally Herger (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO ONTARIO, CA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,065.46
source

Traveler: Darrell Issa (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,282.74
source

Traveler: John Doolittle (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: CALIFORNIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,471.15
source

Traveler: Stacey Leavandosky (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE RETREAT FOR CA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,318.69
source

Traveler: Zoe Lofgren (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA TO PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: CALIFORNIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.55
source

Traveler: Sam Farr (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: MONTEREY-PALM SPRINGS-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: MEET WITH CA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,285.69
source

Traveler: Lois Capps (from the office of Lois Capps)
Destination: SANTA BARBARA-PALM SPRINGS-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $977.69
source

Traveler: Brigid O'brien (from the office of Lois Capps)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.49
source

Traveler: Linda Sanchez (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: LAKEWOOD, CALIFORNIA-RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT 2003
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.05
source

Traveler: Adam Schiff (from the office of Adam Schiff)
Destination: BURBANK, CA TO RANCHO MIRAGE, CA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: CALIFORNIA BIPARTISAN DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $823.19
source

Traveler: Richard Pombo (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS, CA
Purpose: CA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $880.71
source

Traveler: Henry Waxman (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,701.30
source

Traveler: Loretta Sanchez (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS
Purpose: CA DELEGATION BI-PARTISAN RETREAT MEETINGS
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,290.42
source

Traveler: Dianne Feinstein (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $403.75
source

Traveler: James Peterson (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY SENATOR TO CALIFORNIA DELEGATION BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $406.33
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Traveler: Dan Lungren (from the office of Dan Lungren)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mccaul (from the office of Michael Mccaul)
Destination: DEPART DC ARRIVE AT ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN WVA
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: John Linder (from the office of John Linder)
Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT & WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Katherine Harris (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Purpose: HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Zoe Lofgren (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: WYE RIVER
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT AT THE ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
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Traveler: Thomas Davis (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: ASPEN RYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSBURG, MD
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
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Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: NYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO MARYLAND
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Christopher Cox (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD (WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER)
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND, IN THE PROCESS IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Paul Wilkinson (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Steve Devine (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Ben Cohen (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Josh Weerasinghe (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Christian Lee (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Tom Dilenge (from the office of Christopher Cox)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Robert Simmons (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTERS QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Michael Rogers (from the office of Michael Rogers)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD.
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND, IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBER
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Sue Ramanathan (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ASPEN WYE RIVER
Purpose: MEMBERS RETREAT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Jessica Herrera (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Todd Gee (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Calvin Humphrey (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: William Pascrell (from the office of William Pascrell)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ASPEN RYE, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Curt Weldon (from the office of Curt Weldon)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA-ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTERS P.O. BOX 222, QUEENSTOWN, MD 21658
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELATIVE TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG IT'S MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
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Traveler: Lamar Smith (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: DC TO QUEENSANN, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN RE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Eleanor Holmes Norton (from the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, AND IN THE PROCESS IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Steve Pearce (from the office of Steve Pearce)
Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, MARYLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
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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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