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Listening In On Monrovia Students; New Class in Mandarin

At its August 10, 7 p.m. meeting ( agenda and everything else, here ), the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Contracting with GeoListening to listen in on social media for posts that "suggest a threat to person or property" and provide daily reports to the district. The company looks for posts about, "bullying, despair, hate, crime, vandalism, substance abuse and truancy." It will cost $10,000 for Clifton and Santa Fe Middle Schools and another $5,000 for Monrovia High and Canyon Oaks High through the end of June of 2017. Comment: The staff report says the company "monitors social media network postings within the perimeter of a school." I am very dubious that it limits its research to those postings made within the perimeter of the school, and the company website does not suggest it does that. I suspect is simply looks at public postings by students who attend the school and postings that contain keywords related to the schools - "Monrovia High," or "Clifton" or whatever.

~ Offering "Mandarin III," a new course for Monrovia High students.

- Brad Haugaard

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