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Discuss: What role should algorithms play in school equity?

A special report from the Ideas section examines the use of algorithms to reconfigure school start times: “Officials faced a number of difficult trade-offs. . . . The backlash, though, was much stronger than anyone anticipated.” What should the role of algorithms be in deciding public policy? How useful can they be in resolving political questions? And how can we best employ these kinds of algorithms in the future?

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