The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.
The closing of hospitals throughout New York City has been a contentious issue in the mayor's race so far, and will be a challenge for whoever the next mayor is. Fred Mogul, Healthcare and Medicine Reporter at WNYC and The New York Times's Anemona Hartocollis discuss the Lhota and de Blasio positions and the future of health care in New York City.
Pearson, which has a $32 million contract to develop tests for New York State, defended the quality of its work. In a letter to the State Education Department, it said the answers to a controversial question involving a pineapple and a hare on the eighth-grade English language arts exam could be derived through “evidence” from the text.
Across the country, recent studies have shown childhood obesity rates remaining flat or slightly increasing. But the number of obese New York City schoolchildren had fallen by 5.5 percent over five years, city and federal officials said, heralding a glimmer of optimism about one of the country’s intractable health scourges.