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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 7:46 pm

The moms and dads of two-dozen five year olds sat on long green benches in an elementary school cafeteria in North Stockton. In front of them was a large cardboard box covered in blue butcher paper with “2013-14 Kindergarten” printed on the side. Inside were the names of 230 children.

There was little conversation as the minutes ticked toward 9 a.m. when a volunteer would begin to call out names. A class list printed on five huge sheets of paper was tacked on the far wall. More than half the class was already full from students with family at the school. Only 29 places remained for the parents who filed in, filling the air with tension.

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