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California’s top education official helped an exclusive private boarding school in China aimed at getting the children of elite families into American universities

Steve Ma with the Pegasus California School emblem and school and California and China flags next to him on a pale yellow background

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An Insider investigation has found that some of California’s highest-ranking education officials and leading public universities worked closely with a businessman named Steven Ma to help set up an exclusive private boarding school in Qingdao, China, called Pegasus California School. The school, which cost roughly $34,ooo per year, purported to be a replica of a public high school in California, and was nominally a part of the Val Verde Unified School District in Riverside County, California.

California’s former top education official and a former state secretary of education were involved in the effort, as were senior details ⇒

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