In response to your report on Baltimore City's population decline, since most of the people leaving are parents with school-age children, the city must consider ways to compete with the county schools ("Grow the city's population, but don't stop there," Nov. 29). Here are some ways Baltimore City could improve public education for its students:
•Raise funds to cover costs by floating bonds, while seeking donations of money, books and supplies and holding fundraisers such as bazaars, festivals, ticketed performances and auctions.
•Renovate or replace aging school heating and air conditioning systems. Students who freeze or overheat can only focus on temperature, not learning.
•Provide more police protection for students and teachers, and utilize metal detectors consistently.
•Repair, paint, and decorate classrooms with help from neighborhood volunteers and donations of thrift store materials.
•Equip classrooms with up-to-date books and computers in schools that don't have them.
•Hold science fairs and give awards to deserving students in all fields as often as possible. Take more field trips to museums and to the Baltimore School for the Arts' annual production of "The Nutcracker."
Hilda Coyne, BaltimoreCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun