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For the first time, a majority of public-school students are ethnic minorities—but that doesn’t mean greater diversity in the schools. Minority populations are concentrated in their own neighborhoods and many whites have either moved out or sent their kids elsewhere. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are sitting in class with a diminishing number of whites. It’s been 60 years since the US Supreme Court ruled that separate could never be equal, but segregation is back. What does that mean for the quality of education?

Also, the number of Syrian refugees passes the three million mark, and the competition heats up for unmanned drones for making deliveries to your doorstep.

Banner Image: 18 children and their teachers from Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan (Washington D.C.) visit the residence of the Ambassador of France to the United States; Credit: French Embassy in the U.S.

Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million 6 MIN, 29 SEC

"Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives”—that’s according to the office of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees, which calls the exodus, “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” Brian Hansford speaks for the Commissioner.

If you would like to support the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees' efforts to aid refugees, please visit their website here.

Brian Hansford, Spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (@B_Hansford)

Tackling the Resegregation of American Public Schools 35 MIN, 16 SEC

It’s been 60 years since the US Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. For many years desegregation was one of America’s most contentious political issues, producing conflicting local rules, state laws and many more judicial decisions. Now, the population has changed. For the first time, minority students outnumber whites in public schools, producing a new reality: schools are being resegregated.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica (@nhannahjones)
Neal McCluskey, Director, CATO Institute's Center for Educational Freedom (@NealMcCluskey)
Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles (@CRPatUCLA)
Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (@ThomasASaenz)

Google Joins Race for a Drone Delivery System 8 MIN, 15 SEC

The technological arms race in Silicon Valley is soaring into the air as Amazon and Google vie to be first with deliveries using unmanned drones. The pilot project has already delivered a first aid kit, candy bars dog treats and water—in Australia. The competition for drone delivery has been super-secret, but Alexis Madrigal was given access to Google’s Project Wing, a pilot project that’s being tested in Australia. He describes it in detail in the Atlantic magazine, where he’s Deputy Editor.

Alexis Madrigal, Atlantic (@alexismadrigal)

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