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Boston’s school assignment maze

Volunteer Curtis Luke ( right) hands a small piece of paper with a child's name on it to Scott Knox, director of operations atEdward W. Brooke, after digging it out randomly from a box. The name was then placed on a large sheet on the wall listing names of children on the wait list.

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Volunteer Curtis Luke ( right) hands a small piece of paper with a child's name on it to Scott Knox, director of operations atEdward W. Brooke, after digging it out randomly from a box. The name was then placed on a large sheet on the wall listing names of children on the wait list.

The lottery assigning Boston kindergartners to classrooms is designed to be fair, but with too few good schools to choose from, too many opt to leave.

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To look deeply into a process that has such a grip on Boston life, the Globe is following 13 families from across a spectrum of neighborhoods and backgrounds as they make their first important decisions about their children’s educations.

Follow the ongoing series at http://bostonglobe.com/gettingin for updates on how the families are dealing with their school assignments.

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