3 Texans Provide A Window Into The Economic 'Diploma Divide'

10:04 am
Mon December 24, 2012

3 Texans Provide A Window Into The Economic 'Diploma Divide'

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A trio of young achievers set off from Galveston five years ago with high school diplomas and great educational ambitions. But there was one big hurdle: All three came from families of modest means. Their struggles are captured by the New York Times in an eye-opening investigation.
"I don't want to work at Walmart" like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor. Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O'Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to "get off the island" - escape the prospect of dead-end lives in luckless Galveston.