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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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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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Trips sponsored by

Information Technology Industry Council


Total cost of 141 trips: $262,676.78


Traveler: Howard Mckeon (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Nov 30, 1999
Expense: $814.00
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: HIGH TECH FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,236.00
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $779.00
source

Traveler: Eric Olson (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $961.00
source

Traveler: Lori Denham (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOWN
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,060.00
source

Traveler: Ben Cline (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,417.00
source

Traveler: Amanda Barnett (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV-CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW TOUR
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,648.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: CBC HIGH TECH SUMMIT
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,043.55
source

Traveler: Corrine Brown (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Purpose: FOCUS ON HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN BE UTILIZED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND TO EMPOWER CONSTITUEN
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,994.10
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Purpose: CBC TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,780.05
source

Traveler: Major Owens (from the office of Major Owens)
Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $924.20
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DALLAS TO OAKLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $960.70
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: DC-DALLAS, TX-CLEVELAND
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,747.05
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DALLAS; DALLAS TO COLUMBIA, S.C.
Purpose: TOUR HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,173.20
source

Traveler: Lori Otto (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,174.00
source

Traveler: John Mulligan (from the office of Adam Smith)
Destination: Consumer Electronics Show, LAS VEGAS NEVADA
Purpose: EXPERIENCE FIRST HAND NOW TECHNOLOGY BEING DEVELOPED
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,204.00
source

Traveler: Amanda Pedigo (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW FACT FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,174.00
source

Traveler: C Stewart Verdery (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Traveler: Ashley Cooper (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: NEVADA
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON HIGH-TECH ISSUES
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,170.00
source

Traveler: Regina Mahony (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,292.00
source

Traveler: Tim Kurth (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: NEVADA
Purpose: LEARN FIRSTHAND ABOUT EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,174.00
source

Traveler: Lori Denham (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Reynolds (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, PALO ALTO, SAN JOSE, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: INTRODUCTION TO LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,642.00
source

Traveler: Jeanette Forcash (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: EDUCATION SITE VISITS WITH TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,787.00
source

Traveler: Dave Marventano (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: SFO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,376.00
source

Traveler: Sampak Garg (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: DULLES-SAN FRANCISCO-PALO ALTO-MONTEREY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Traveler: Paula Nowakowski (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH. FACILITIES AND HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Traveler: Eric Olson (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY, TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,467.00
source

Traveler: James Barnette (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: SFO-PALO ALTO-MONTEREY
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,711.00
source

Traveler: Michael Torra (from the office of Silvestre Reyes)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGY AND MINORITY OUTREACH
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,369.22
source

Traveler: Silvestre Reyes (from the office of Silvestre Reyes)
Destination: PHOENIX TO LOS ANGELES TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,338.50
source

Traveler: Elisa Montoya (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY-SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS HIGH TECH COMMUNITY VISIT
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.50
source

Traveler: Xavier Becerra (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: CHC HIGH TECH COMMUNITY VISIT
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.50
source

Traveler: Saul Japson (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: TO FOSTER BETTER RELATIONS WITH THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY AND MINORITIES
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,414.56
source

Traveler: Grace Napolitano (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: TO FOSTER BETTER RELATIONS WITH THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY AND MINORITIES
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,188.69
source

Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO
Purpose: CONG STAFF VISIT WITH IT INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,025.00
source

Traveler: David Culver (from the office of Ben Nelson)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUE
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,723.30
source

Traveler: Erin Hatch (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: VISIT IT COMPANIES ON A FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,724.00
source

Traveler: Miles Lackey (from the office of John Edwards)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: HIGH TECH LEGISLATIVE ISSUES/FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,162.71
source

Traveler: Niles Godes (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Purpose: TOUR TECH FACILITIES, POLICY BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,419.03
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: HIGH-TECH LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,162.71
source

Traveler: Jonathan Schwantes (from the office of Herbert Kohl)
Destination: SEATTLE, VA
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO VISIT SEATTLE-BASED TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,765.47
source

Traveler: Douglas Badger (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Purpose: DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $767.39
source

Traveler: William Moschella (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: VISIT INTEL & AMAZON.COM; VISIT MICROSOFT
Purpose: HIGH TECH VISIT TO SEATTLE
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,185.52
source

Traveler: Christine Roth (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,723.30
source

Traveler: Lori Otto (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: CALIFORNIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,159.00
source

Traveler: Brian Reardon (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: SILICAN VALLEY CA
Purpose: SENIOR STAFF VISIT TO VARIOUS HIGH-TECH. FIRMS
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,099.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Sepulveda (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,114.00
source

Traveler: Robert Herbert (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: VISIT NATIONS HIGH TECH CENTERS
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,543.00
source

Traveler: Brian Griffin (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO VISIT SOME OF THE VALLEY'S HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND TO ATTEND EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR POLICY ISSUES FACING THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,119.00
source

Traveler: Megan Hauck (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO & CARMEL CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO TOUR HIGH TECH FACILITIES TO DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES RE: TELECOMMUNICATE
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,003.00
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,119.00
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,942.50
source

Traveler: Brian Griffith (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW-VARIOUS SESSIONS ON EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY ISSUES FACING THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,018.50
source

Traveler: John Lampmann (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,188.50
source

Traveler: Michael Mullen (from the office of Jim Turner)
Destination: STAFF TRIP TO CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,915.50
source

Traveler: John Lampmann (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,918.50
source

Traveler: Michelle Bright (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: SITE VISITS OF TECH FIRMS
Purpose: TECH SITE VISITS/DISCUSSION OF HIGH TECH'S AGENDA
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.50
source

Traveler: John Mulligan (from the office of Adam Smith)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: EDUCATE SELF ON ISSUES AFFECTING IT INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,909.50
source

Traveler: Ali Wade (from the office of Adam Smith)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: EDUCATE SELF ON IT INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,909.50
source

Traveler: Stephen Pinkos (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH MULTIPLE CORPORATE REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS; INCLUDING DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT, PIRACY, CYBER-SECURITY ON TAXES
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES EFFECTING THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,001.50
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: VISITS TO CUTTING EDGE HIGH-TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ON POLICY ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,909.50
source

Traveler: Jeff Hogg (from the office of Mike Mcintyre)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO MONTEREY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,032.00
source

Traveler: Scott Bates (from the office of Jim Turner)
Destination:
Purpose: POLICY BRIEFINGS WITH LEADERS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FIELD
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,999.50
source

Traveler: Melissa Shannon (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO SAN JOSE, CA TO MONTEREY, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY THAT INCLUDED TOURS OF COMPANIES THAT BELONG TO ITI AND POLICY DISCUSSIONS WITH ITI STAFF, MEMBER COMPANY STAFF, AND HILL STAFF.
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,749.78
source

Traveler: Douglas Badger (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-CARMEL, CA
Purpose: DISCUSS HIGH TECH ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.50
source

Traveler: Frank Cavaliere (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES FACING THE TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,158.00
source

Traveler: Kelly Bingel (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA AND SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TOUR OF HIGH TECH FACILITY AND SEMINARS ON HIGH TECH ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Traveler: Steven Wall (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA & SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: HIGH TECH FACT FINDING / SITE VISIT TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,940.00
source

Traveler: Jim Messina (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND REVIEW DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,247.00
source

Traveler: Regina Mahony (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,012.00
source

Traveler: Tim Kurth (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: VISIT TECH SITES; LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Traveler: Howard Waltzman (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,604.00
source

Traveler: Michael Sullivan (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON HIGH-TECH ISSUES AND SITE VISITS TO HIGH-TECH FIRMS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Traveler: Tim Punke (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: PORTLAND, SEATTLE
Purpose: HIGH TECH/INT'L TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON : SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO VISIT HIGH TECH SITES IN PORTLAND AND SEATTLE
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Traveler: Chris Jahn (from the office of Craig Thomas)
Destination: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Traveler: Ed Cassidy (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR & SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFINGS ON KEY TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Traveler: Lawrence Seyfriez (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR/SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDINGS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,887.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Fromer (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR-SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: HIGH-TECH FACILITY TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Taylor (from the office of Chris John)
Destination: PORTLAND; OREGON; SEATTLE
Purpose: VISIT WITH LEADERS OF THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Traveler: Brian Hard (from the office of Greg Walden)
Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON TO SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL: THE ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Sepulveda (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: VIEW TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES & DISCUSS TECH POLICY ISSUES
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,401.00
source

Traveler: Gary Myrick (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.00
source

Traveler: Michael O'rielly (from the office of John Sununu)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: CONDUCT SITE VISITS WITH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,294.00
source

Traveler: Brian Griffin (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TOUR HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR POLICY ISSUES FACING THE TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,336.00
source

Traveler: Anne Buresh (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EXPLORE EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY ISSUES AND DISCUSS GOOD PUBLIC POLICY SOLUTIONS
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,286.00
source

Traveler: Jonathan Schwantes (from the office of Herbert Kohl)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: MEET WITH LEADERS IN THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN SILICON VALLEY TO DISCUSS THE ECONOMY AND PROBLEMS FACED BY THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,936.00
source

Traveler: Paul Sawyer (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE FACING THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY - PARTICULARLY STOCK OPTI
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,112.00
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Traveler: Karissa Willhite (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY AND ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,009.00
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Traveler: Tim Punke (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
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Traveler: Jim Messina (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW TO GATHER INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,211.00
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Traveler: Joab Lesesne (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: HIGH TECH FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE 2004 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,464.00
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Traveler: Paul Bock (from the office of Herbert Kohl)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: ITI CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,552.00
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Traveler: J Jonathan Jones (from the office of Thomas Carper)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: ITI'S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,130.00
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Traveler: J Scott Bensing (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY/SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY ISSUES EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,850.00
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Traveler: Tricia Barrentine (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: VISITED SEVERAL TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS TO DISCUSS VARIOUS ISSUES CURRENTLY BEING DEBATED BY CONGRESS. THE TRIP PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES IN GENERAL TO HELP WITH MR. DAVIS' SERVICE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,050.00
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Traveler: John Feehery (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: LEARNED ABOUT CUTTING EDGE ISSUES FROM ICGY LEADERS IN THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,619.00
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Traveler: Howard Bauleke (from the office of Dennis Moore)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO & SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: REVIEW FEDERAL ISSUES CONCERNING HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,269.00
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Traveler: Paula Nowakowski (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - HALF MOON BAY, CA
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND TO HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,226.00
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Traveler: Greg Maurer (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING-EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY FROM KEY LEADERS FROM THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
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Traveler: Branden Ritchie (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/TOUR OF TECH COMPANIES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,904.00
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Traveler: Kathryn Lehman (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: PHOENIX AZ-SAN FRANCISCO-WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,274.00
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Traveler: Frank Cavaliere (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: VISIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S HIGH-TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES, AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON TECHNOLOGY RELATED POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.00
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Traveler: Jesse Wadhams (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA, SAN DIEGO, CA AND SAN JOSE, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,456.00
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Traveler: Michael Sullivan (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: LA AND SAN DIEGO
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND PLANT TOURS RELATED TO THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,242.00
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Traveler: Emmett O'keefe (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TOUR HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,053.00
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Traveler: Christy Surprenant (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,256.00
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Traveler: Michael O'rielly (from the office of John Sununu)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING THAT WILL INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS & POLICY DISCUSSIONS WITH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,175.00
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Traveler: Greg Johnston (from the office of John Carter)
Destination: AUSTIN
Purpose: LEARN MORE ON HIGH TECH ISSUES
Date: May 25, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,331.00
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Traveler: Shannon Meissner (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP RE: IT INDUSTRY
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,185.00
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Traveler: Joel Roberson (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH-TECH FACILITIES AND RECEIVE EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR POLICY INITIATIVES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,204.00
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Traveler: Allison Beach (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX-DC
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO MEET WITH HIGH-TECH COMPANIES IN THE AUSTIN, TX AREA
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,234.00
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Traveler: Thad Bingel (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: TOUR OF AUSTIN AREA TECHNOLOGY COMPANY FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS ON TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: May 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,880.00
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Traveler: Lawrence Willcox (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR; SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
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Traveler: James Dennis (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON AND SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Purpose: TO VISIT HIGH TECHNOLOGY SITES AND MEET WITH TAX AND TRADE REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS POLICIES INVOLVING THE GROWTH OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES AND CREATION OF JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,973.00
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Traveler: Gerald Couri (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,028.00
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Traveler: Regina Mahony (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR-SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
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Traveler: Karissa Willhite (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: PORTLAND, SEATTLE
Purpose: MEET WITH HIGH-TECH EXECUTIVES AND TOUR HIGH-TECH FACILITIES; DISCUSS ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,645.00
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Traveler: Wayne Palmer (from the office of Rick Santorum)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA & SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF FIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,126.00
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Traveler: Elizabeth Jarvis (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,196.00
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Traveler: Pete Filon (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,714.00
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Traveler: Stacey Dansky (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TO VISIT SILICON VALLEY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES; TO LEARN ABOUT NEW PRODUCTS AND DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE FIELD
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,157.00
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Traveler: Justin Daly (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-HALF MOON BAY, CA
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,917.00
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Traveler: Randolph Harrison (from the office of Lois Capps)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON HIGH TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,269.00
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Traveler: Steve Stombres (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,306.00
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Traveler: Christopher Fish (from the office of John Sweeney)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUES FACING OUR NATION
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,141.00
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Traveler: Shalla Ross (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY INCLUDING HEALTH IT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,112.00
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Traveler: Kevin Fromer (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: KAUAI, HI-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY ISSUES MEETING AND FACILITIES TOUR
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,766.00
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Traveler: Ted Kalo (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Purpose: TOUR AND LEARN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ANTITRUST ISSUES FACING THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,166.00
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Traveler: Andrew Vermilye (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: MEET WITH INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,062.00
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Traveler: Sean Richardson (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: IT INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS, CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOWS
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,969.64
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Traveler: Maria Meier (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (HALF MOON BAY)
Purpose: TO VISIT HIGH TECH BUSINESSES IN SILICON VALLEY AND MEET AND MEET WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS ON POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING FUNDING FOR SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,523.00
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Traveler: Jonathan Gans (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,060.00
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Traveler: Stephen Northrup (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: SAN JOSE, CA AND SURROUNDING AREA ("SILICON VALLEY")
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO VISIT LEADING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AND LEARN ABOUT INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,720.71
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Traveler: Keith Stern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SAN JOSE, CA
Purpose: VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY TO LEARN ABOUT THE IT INDUSTRY AND MEET WITH KEY LEADERS IN THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,828.82
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Traveler: Amanda Foster (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING-EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY FROM KEY LEADERS IN THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,688.62
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Traveler: Daniel Houton (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL BRIEFINGS ON HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY IN SILICON VALLEY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,019.80
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Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: HALF MOON BAY, CA
Purpose: TO VISIT SEVERAL HIGH-TECH FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON MAJOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY.
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.16
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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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