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Public schools of choice that truly make a difference

There’s a high school not too far from Baltimore that has three-quarters majority low-income students, an average SAT score of 1312 and a 100-percent college admission rate. This high school’s students outperform all of Baltimore City’s nonselective public high schools and even some of its selective high schools. Is this mystical school private? Perhaps a magnet school? A magic trick?

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A homecoming in the making

When I started teaching at an urban public school in 2002, I looked out at a class of students who, like me when I was their age, found themselves on the wrong side of opportunity and achievement gaps. I grew up in a single-parent home in a rural part of Charles County, and throughout my thirteen years in public schools, I qualified for reduced-price meals.