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Baltimore needs school choice

Baltimore needs school choice

Nearly a half-century after local and national uprisings around the passing of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., what is the one aspect of the urban condition in Baltimore that has changed too little but can transform a person's life and livelihood, and ultimately his or her community? Education. Consider Victor Hugo's words: "He who opens a school door, closes a prison." Annually, Maryland spends nearly three times the amount to incarcerate a person ($38,000) than to educate that same person ($14,000). Of all Maryland's 24 school districts, Baltimore City spends at or near the top per student, yet just 16 percent of 8th graders and 14 percent of 4th graders are...

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