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There is much hue and cry and genuine dismay over the fact that so many of Maine's high school seniors do not pursue higher education. Why is it, ask puzzled educators and policymakers, that Maine has achieved a 93 percent high school graduation rate, yet only 50 percent of those young people choose to further their education and, thus, their opportunities? The riddle has a simple answer, and contrary to popular opinion, it's neither cost nor access.


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