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Schools honored by Hispanic Chamber

February 05, 2007

Washington County Public Schools is among four school systems being honored today in Annapolis by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to a school system press release.

The school system is being recognized for its efforts in educating Hispanic students. The honor is particularly special for Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan because of her Hispanic heritage, according to the release.

As a Spanish bilingual speaker who learned the value of education from her immigrant parents and public school teachers, Morgan's concern for the achievement of Hispanic children, as well as her concern for minority achievement, is personal, as well as professional, according to the release.

"Quality educational opportunities provide all students, but especially students from diverse backgrounds, with the tools they need to be productive, successful, American citizens," Morgan said in the release.

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Morgan said the school system "is committed to ensuring that all students are provided with the appropriate supports to enable high levels of achievement, regardless of socioeconomic background or ethnicity."

Jorge Ribas, president of the Greater Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the local school system's staff and board of education deserve the recognition.

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