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Where poor students are top of the class

from U.S. News & World News

Children in schools dotting the districts along the Rio Grande River in Texas are overwhelmingly poor and Hispanic, and many of them are still learning English — all indicators associated with low academic achievement. But in a handful of cities there, students are bucking that assumption by performing just as well, and in some cases better, than their wealthier peers. Brownsville, McAllen and El Paso, for example, represent three of the four cities in the country where poor students outperform students from high-income families, according to a new report from GreatSchools and Education Cities. more

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