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The initiative, a partnership between the school system and the Maryland Business Round table for Education, tries to better prepare students for higher education and the workplace. The program uses incentives and the influence of local businesspeople to persuade students to challenge themselves with a more rigorous academic program.
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The Certificate of Merit «is a local designation,» said Donald R. Morrison, a spokesman for the school system.
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«We will be going to the Harford County Chamber of Commerce to access business folks who will be trained to go in and talk to these eighth graders,» Spence said.
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«They’re objective outsiders,» said Kathy Seay of the Maryland Business Roundtable.
«Businesspeople bring practicality,» Morrison, the school spokesman, said. Students «see a real world piumini moncler perspective pretty quickly.»
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moncler bambino outlet «You can’t be a prophet in your own land,» Spence, of Harford schools, said, referring to the fact that teachers and guidance counselors often broadcast the same message. More than 70 speakers are trained and available to moncler saldi uomo speak to Harford County students beginning the first two weeks of next month. moncler bambino outlet
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In Frederick County, the State moncler donna Scholars Initiative is concurrent with an increase in the credit requirements for graduation. The first class to be affected is the Class of 2006, now sophomores. An important aspect of the program is the incentives that would be offered to students who follow a more rigorous schedule.
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