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Immigrants in Mass. now likely to be more educated

80% in Mass. have high school diploma; programs at home have boosted literacy

WALTHAM — When the market first opened on Lexington Street, immigrants packed the aisles for a chance to dictate a letter to Lilian Rojas.

Many were too shy to say they could not read or write, so they whispered that they forgot their eyeglasses or some other excuse. The petite shop owner nodded and wrote all they wanted: love letters, Mother’s Day cards, messages of longing and grief to deliver to relatives thousands of miles away.

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