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How an accused “huckster” and California’s education czar sold America’s public school system — and an inside track to the University of California — to the Chinese elite

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The Val Verde Unified School District, in the heart of Southern California’s Inland Empire, isn’t a bad place to get a public education, all things considered. It’s not as well heeled as some of the wealthier Los Angeles exurbs to the west, where districts can spend up to $21,000 a student — Val Verde budgets just over half that. And the majority of its 20,000 students come from low-income families and are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Still, Val Verde has an enviable 93% graduation rate, and the surrounding Riverside County sends the details ⇒

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