Chancellor Walcott on Test Scores; Public Advocate Candidates; Back-to-School Football

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott discusses this year's lower standardized test scores and takes your calls. Plus: Public advocate candidates Cathy Guerriero, Letitia James, Reshma Saujani and Daniel Squadron each make their case; and The New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden discusses whether or not football is too dangerous for high school.

Chancellor Walcott on New Test Scores, Small Schools Study

This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.

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Back to School Football

The recent death of a high school football player draws renewed attention to the inherent danger of the sport. William C. RhodenNew York Times sportswriter, columnist and author, talks about risks and how schools and colleges are responding.

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Meet the Candidates: NYC Public Advocate

Daniel Squadron, NYS Senator, Reshma Saujani, former Deputy Public Advocate, Cathy Guerriero, Staten Islander who teaches at Columbia Teachers College and NYU Steinhardt School of Education, and Letitia James, Brooklyn City Council Member, make their case for NYC Public Advocate.

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Literally: When Lexicographers Give Up

Several dictionaries have expanded their definition of the word "literally" to include the opposite of its traditional meaning. Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries, explains how lexicographers respond to changes in popular usage -- and how misuse can change a word's meaning.

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