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Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the nation, opened its doors for the new school year. The following story is a sobering tale of bureaucracy run amok, to the detriment of its schoolchildren.The following story is a sobering tale of bureaucracy run amok, to the detriment of schoolchildren.

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The Walton family, better known as the Walmart heirs, have invested millions in trying to privatize Los Angeles public schools; perhaps the true culprit of the sequester is President Obama; meanwhile, the former pope's resignation can be seen as a sound surrender rather than a cowardly abdication. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Students who are signed up for summer school are the latest victims to fall through California's ginormous budget gap. On Friday, the superintendent of Los Angeles schools announced cancellations that will send packing most of the 225,000 kids who benefit from these programs each year, from elementary through high school, to the bewilderment of some working parents and concerned teachers.

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