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.

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.

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Paul Brathwaite


Total cost of 11 trips: $14,252.03


Trips traveled under the office of Elijah Cummings

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: VISIT SONY MUSIC STUDIOS, PRESS PLAY JOINT VENTURE AND MEET WITH MUSIC INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING PRIVACY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONCERNS
Date: Apr 15, 2003
Expense: $680.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: DISCUSSED HEALTH AND NUTRITION ISSUES, AND DISCUSSED BIO-TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER FOOD INDUSTRY MATTERS
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.24
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ATTEND WORKING RETREAT WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN, BLACK, AND HISPANIC CAUCUSES
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,361.01
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $863.09
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mel Watt

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AND TRADE SHOW, DISCUSSION SESSIONS FOCUSED ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONS.
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,168.43
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: TO VISIT VIACOM'S NEWS DIVISION AND MOVIE STUDIOS AND TO DISCUSS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FACING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,632.40
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NCTA TRADE SHOW AND PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FORUMS.
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,340.16
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: VISIT NEWS CORPORATION'S FACILITIES AND MEET WITH KEY EXECUTIVES IN THE COMPANY. THE PRIMARY FOCUS WAS TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE INDUSTRY.
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL DISCUSSION REGARDING TRANSPORTATION ISSUES.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $665.42
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: HEALTH SUMMIT TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS RELATED TO DISPARTIES IN HEALTH CARE.
Date: Jul 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,017.99
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASS.
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ECONOMIC AND TAX POLICY FREEDOM TO PROSPER RETREAT.
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $811.29
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Paul Brathwaite.


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.