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The School Board makes an attempt to sort out inequality in admissions; the Philippines and Canada are in a spat over trash.

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Can an “adversity rating” sort out inequality in faculty admissions?

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  • College students making use of to school will now obtain an “adversity rating” from the School Board to measure their social and financial background. [WSJ / Douglas Belkin]
  • The School Board, a nonprofit that oversees the SATs, will calculate a rating out of 100 utilizing 15 elements, together with neighborhood crime charges and household training ranges. The concept is that the upper the quantity, the extra disadvantages the scholar skilled. [CBS News / Brian Pascus]
  • The rating is an element of a bigger ranking system, the “environmental context dashboard.” College students gained’t see their rating, solely faculties. [Washington Post / Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga]
  • The “adversity rating” tackles the query of equity within the faculty utility course of — a debate that reignited after a federal investigation revealed a nationwide scheme to get the kids of rich dad and mom into elite faculties through bribery and different strategies. [NYT / Anemona Hartocollis]
  • The adversity rating doesn’t handle race, which is notable since faculties’ affirmative motion insurance policies have not too long ago been challenged in courtroom. Nonetheless, faculty admissions consultants say it’ll inevitably result in elevated racial range on campus due to the correlation between ethnic background and common family earnings, which is mirrored in take a look at scores. [BuzzFeed News / Ellie Hall]
  • An analysis of a pupil’s background has by no means been completed in such a scientific manner, and consultants are hoping it will lastly make the admissions course of extra holistic. [Atlantic / Natalie Escobar]

The Philippines needs Canada to take again its trash

  • Canada and the Philippines are in a diplomatic spat after Canada failed to gather trash it despatched to Manila six years in the past. [Reuters]
  • The dispute dates again to 2013, when the Canadian enterprise Continual Inc. despatched greater than 100 transport containers price of plastic to be recycled within the Philippines. Additional inspection, nevertheless, revealed that the containers had been principally stuffed with family waste — a declare that Continual’s proprietor denied in 2014. [CNN / Paula Newton and Sandi Sidhu]
  • Canada has tried to handle the difficulty by tightening its legal guidelines in order that world shipments of hazardous waste are extra regulated. Nonetheless, it’s but to take again the trash — a part of which has been disposed of in landfills and half saved on the Manila port — and failed to fulfill a Might 15 deadline to gather the waste. [BBC]
  • The Philippines has taken a powerful stance within the battle by recalling its envoys in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t apologize for lacking the deadline however stated he hopes to work carefully with the Philippines to unravel the issue. [Globe and Mail / Steven Chase and Jeff Lewis]
  • Waste isn’t only a downside for the Philippines. Ever since China, the world’s largest importer of waste, introduced it will not settle for trash, rubbish has been piling up in Southeast Asia. [NYT / Jason Gutierrez]
  • The Philippines state of affairs mirrors a bigger world pattern: Small nations are pushing again in opposition to being the dumping floor for wealthier nations. [Washington Post / Amanda Coletta]


  • Taiwan made historical past at the moment by voting to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s the primary place in Asia to take action. [BBC]
  • This chef has a brand new method to eliminating environmentally harmful invasive species: eat them. [Vice / Meredith Heil]
  • Are you an professional at crafting the proper Instagram feed? The queen could need to rent you as her social media supervisor. [CNN / Amy Woodyatt]
  • Google is tackling the worldwide language barrier by translating your speech into a distinct language — and retaining your voice within the translated audio. [Futurism / Kristin Houser]
  • From sparkly vampire to brooding superhero: Robert Pattinson is reportedly in talks to play Batman in an upcoming movie. [Variety / Justin Kroll]


“That is about discovering younger individuals who do an ideal cope with what they’ve been given. It helps faculties see college students who could not have scored as excessive, however if you take a look at the setting that they’ve emerged from, it’s superb.” [David Coleman, chief government of the School Board, on the brand new “adversity rating”]

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