In response to the recent commentary about the challenges facing Baltimore's next schools CEO, "A perpetual hot seat" (June 30), too many young people are graduating from Baltimore City schools at a 3rd or 4th grade reading level. This is a crime and needs to be addressed immediately.

I'm thankful that there is a focus on 3rd grade reading now, but we can't just throw away those young people who are older. Drastic intervention is needed. It's hard enough to get a job these days with only a high school diploma. But if you have a high school diploma and still can't read, you definitely won't find a livable wage job!

Dean Lynes

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