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All Baltimore students can succeed [Letter]

10:30 AM EDT, April 16, 2014

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As an educator, it was with genuine excitement that I read the recent editorial, "The day After graduation" (April 7), followed one day later by a commentary, "Demand for STEM workers outpaces supply" (April 8). These articles shined a bright light on a movement that is absolutely vital to our local schools and communities in Baltimore City with regard to innovative career and college readiness and our future workforce.

The formula for success of a career and college-ready school is the product of great educational environments, dedicated, excited and knowledgeable teachers and advisers and partnerships with a network of entrepreneurs, trades people, corporations and unions who respond to the call to action, especially when helping to plan and execute the programs which prepare students for careers.

We know through research that over half of our Baltimore City Public Schools students who graduate from high school do not go straight to college and that many of the professions currently most in demand fall within the STEM umbrella.

Doesn't it make sense to put some real effort, energy and resources behind creating, implementing and supporting institutions dedicated to the success for all students and not just the minority (in Baltimore City) who are college-bound? President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O'Malley think so. So do we at the Green Street Academy.

Dan Schochor, Lutherville

The writer is executive director of Green Street Academy, a Baltimore public charter school teaching grades 6-12.

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