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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Photographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of discrimination in a Texas school district, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Carroll Independent School District, which is located in wealthy, suburban Southlake, Texas, has been at the forefront of the ongoing national battle over how to teach students about racial issues.

  • The department notified Carroll ISD’s officials that it has opened three investigations into complaints about discrimination against students based on their race, gender and national origin, according to NBC News.
  • The Department of Education has the power to require a school district to make policy changes and submit to federal monitoring.

Context: District officials promised to make sweeping changes three years ago, after a video of Southlake high school students chanting the N-word went viral — though those changes never came.

What they’re saying: “Our focus will always be what is best for our students as we prepare them for their next steps in their educational journey,” Karen Fitzgerald, a Carroll ISD spokesperson, told NBC.

The bottom line: These investigations can take months or years, so the Southlake saga is far from over.

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D.C. students fall behind during pandemic

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The grades are in from distance learning, and they show D.C. students have fallen behind.

Why it matters: Students across grades kindergarten through 8th ended the last academic year with lower math and reading achievement than before the pandemic, according to a new report from the nonprofit group EmpowerK12.

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.