Baltimore City ranks among top 10 'choice districts'

The Baltimore city school system was named among the top 10 districts of choice in a national ranking published by the Brookings Institute on Tuesday.

Of the 107 districts examined, the system received a grade of B-, and tied for the number seven spot with Milwaukee and San Diego. The Institute examined the policy and practice of districts with diverse school portfolios, and whose philosophies foster competition.

The districts were ranked according to an "Education Choice and Competition Index," which scored school systems in 13 categories, from the accessibility of school information to offerings of alternative programs, like virtual schools.

The districts of New Orleans (now called the Recovery District), New York City, and Washington D.C.  rounded out the top three highest scores.

Baltimore County schools ranked 22nd, and received a grade of "C." In the county's profile, which can be found here, the district performed well in funding its schools, and accessibility to online information about them, but the Institute found the district had taken few measures to restructure its portfolio.

In Baltimore city's profile, the Institute noted that while it had taken measures to restructure the district to create more viable school options--clearly a trademark of city schools CEO Andres Alonso's administration--it still struggled with offering alternative programs. 

On Saturday, the city will host its annual school-choice fair at the Baltimore Convention Center, from 9-2 p.m. More information can be found here.