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      'Breaking monopoly of mediocrity' in schools

      Business leaders and community members gathered Friday on a mission to break "the monopoly of mediocrity" in schools.

      The Birmingham Business Alliance and the US Chamber of Commerce held a summit at the McWane Science Center. Members say all students must receive a quality education in order to be workforce and college-ready. Participants offered ideas such as increasing funding for pre-K programs, giving financial support to communities and enhancing parental involvement.

      The BBA plans to use the ideas for its existing workforce development programs.

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