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Strategic investments in Baltimore kids

Strategic investments in Baltimore kids

The next mayor of Baltimore, most likely Democratic primary winner Catherine Pugh, will face challenges of equity beginning day one of her administration. At the top of the list: an 8 percent unemployment rate, a 23 percent poverty rate and a 30 percent high school dropout rate. These statistics tell the story of a city rocked by deep divisions and suffering from systemic issues that require long-term solutions.

That leads us to the fundamental issue of kids being given a chance to succeed in life. We know that a child with strong reading skills stands a better chance of success across all subjects in school, is more likely to graduate on time and is more likely to succeed after...

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