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Data Security Is a Classroom Worry, Too NYT: As school districts rush to adopt learning-management systems, some privacy advocates warn that educators may be embracing the bells and whistles before mastering fundamentals like data security and privacy.

States Reined In by 1965 Voting Act Await a Decision NYT: A Supreme Court ruling on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act could have a dramatic effect on the low-profile world of county commissions and school boards.

Maryland teachers prepare for tougher math curriculum under Common Core Washington Post:  A team of teachers and the principal of Piney Branch Elementary School hovered over two math questions designed to test fourth-grade students on their understanding of perimeter.

NY district recruits students from other schools AP: Tucked into the leafy suburbs north of New York City, the Blind Brook-Rye public school district seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college.

School Hopes Talking It Out Keeps Kids From Dropping Out NPR: The "conflict-resolution room" at Ypsilanti High School in Michigan is where students go when they're on the verge of being suspended. It's an alternative approach to discipline that could keep kids in school and out of trouble.

What Happens Without Affirmative Action: The Story Of UCLA NPR: After California banned affirmative action in 1996, the percentages of black and Latino students at UCLA quickly began to fall. The school tried to remedy the problem by changing the factors it considered in its admissions decisions. The percentages of minority students rebounded. But then the school was accused of breaking the law.

Can Schools Exist In The Cloud? NPR: After years of offering children self-supervised access to the Web, Sugata Mitra says kids can teach themselves. He argues that self-organized classes are the future of education, and he puts forward a bold vision: to build a school in the cloud.

Video: ‘Students need real-life experiences with real-life professionals’ NBC: Educators discuss the importance of hands-on learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom, such as the ones afforded by Project Exploration. (Nightly News)

National PTA installing first African American male president Washington Post: Otha Thornton, a senior operations analyst with General Dynamics in Fort Stewart, Ga., and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, will become the leader of the National Parent Teacher Association after years of being involved with the organization in Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Texas and Germany.

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As a public institution, UCLA has to follow California's admissions laws. I believe it has not been doing so for the past several years, and although I am a two-time UCLA graduate, I deeply resent that university because it practises racial discrimination against children like mine, who, because they are actually my stepchildren, are of another race. In Asia, the belief is that hard work leads to better outcomes; but UCLA and UC Berkeley hold no such beliefs. My son was working much harder than anyone at Locke High School for many years before he applied to those schools in November of 2009, and he had better results; but because those UCs practise racial discrimination and because Matthew is of a race that is overrepresented on those campuses -- because, for cultural reasons, their children work harder than others and also work effectively -- he was denied admission to those schools, both of which I attended, while admissions were granted to Locke students with less ambitious course listings, similar GPAs, and SAT scores more than 500 points lower than his.

Just attending an urban public high school is a diversity bonus in many colleges' admission processes. (Disclosure that my daughter, who is white, was admitted to UCLA for fall '12, probably because she's a Latin jazz trombonist. She also attended an urban public high school. In the college decision she wound up choosing Oberlin.)

I congratulate your daughter on her success and empowerment, Caroline; but I still believe Matthew was discriminated against by my alma mater because he didn't "add diversity" (any more than the thousands of others who look like him and who were admitted). I believe this still means discrimination against people based on how they look, although your comment suggests zip code discrimination (we don't live in an urban area -- although the latter is actually pretty difficult to define).

In truth, I am willing to recognize diversity as being of real value on a campus, and could accept it as a tiebreaker; but the cases I am referring to were not ties, not by a long shot.

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