By Quyen Dinh & Brenda Shum
source: Education Week

At a time when our leaders preach the need for all students to be college- and career-ready, when many say postsecondary education is essential for life success, too many students still face barriers that prevent them from pursuing the American dream.

This is particularly true for students like Xiong, Southeast-Asian-American youths on the cusp of being the first in their families to head to college. Thirty-four states report at least one Southeast-Asian language within the top five languages spoken in their schools by English-language learners.

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