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An accidental experiment during COVID suggests too many children are removed to foster care

In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts worried that children confined at home would be vulnerable to abuse.

Brookings Institution scholars wrote in April 2020 that COVID had created “a perfect storm” of isolation and economic stress that would “almost certainly lead to a sharp increase in unreported cases of child abuse and neglect,” and a New York Times op-ed headline the same month warned of a coming “child abuse epidemic.”

But the evidence suggests that in some parts of

How Game Theory Helped Improve New York City’s High School Application Process

Tuesday was the deadline for eighth graders in New York City to submit applications to secure a spot at one of 426 public high schools. After months of school tours and tests, auditions and interviews, 75,000 students have entrusted their choices to a computer program that will arrange their school assignments for the coming year. The weeks of research and deliberation will be reduced to a fraction of