The much-anticipated, two-week discrimination trial over Harvard University’s admissions process ended last week, but don’t expect a decision any time soon. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs might issue a ruling early next year. But she might also schedule another hearing so both sides can further expound on their claims. That seems somewhat pointless, since all parties have said they plan to appeal no matter how Burroughs rules. There probably won’t be a final decision until this case works its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. —L.J.
Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos announced plans to pour $2 billion into preschool programs across the country. Now the Amazon founder is opening his wallet again to teach older kids how to do computer coding. The Amazon Future Engineer program, launched last week, is part of a commitment Bezos made to spend $50 million on computer science education. Although he hasn’t said how much the coding initiative will cost, it’s expected to take up the bulk of that pledge.
The program will include summer camps and after-school programs for elementary and middle school students at Amazon offices across the country. It also includes plans to train 2,000 high school teachers in low-income neighborhoods. The company wants to reach students from families who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to learn computer coding. The biggest bonus could be networking: Amazon plans to actively recruit from the Future Engineer classes. —L.J.