In states like Louisiana with large gaps between the the poorest households and middle earners, students are less likely to graduate high school.
While a little bit of inequality might motivate some students to study harder, a lot of it might kill their motivation entirely.
Also, has the child been encouraged? Has the child been told the importance of an education in today’s U.S. economy?
Do the teacher’s tell the children that they have potential?
And is there a class that explains in detail the importance of college? If the children know how important college is, then they would be more likely to finish high school