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How can motivated economically disadvantaged students in under performing school systems compete with students in wealthy schools?

Wealth is one of the main determents of a child's successes in school. Students in under preforming school systems are often unable to compete with students from richer systems. Even in the same school, the richer students, on average, do better. How can students who either come from an underperforming school system or a poor family compete with upperclass students for slots in highly competitive universities?

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