Many aggressive efforts are being made to reform schools in Baltimore. As a teacher involved in reform efforts for 20-some years, I know first-hand about many efforts at reform. There is no doubt that we still have a long way to go, but since enrollment across the City school system is going up, I take that as a sign that meaningful improvements are underway and more parents are entrusting their children to public schools. For this reason I support many of the initiatives pioneered by Dr. Alonso, such as increased fiscal power for principals, support for charter schools, the new teachers' contract, and the combined middle and high school "transformation" schools. My own charter school, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, has attracted families away from private schools and added them back into the school system, which in turns attracts more resources, both monetary and political, to city schools. The Community School program, funded by the city, not BCPSS, also is very important as a site-based, responsive model of school programming that helps schools be both more effective and more connected to the communities they are in. Good public schools of any governance model are a leading attractor of families back into communities, and so effective school reform efforts themselves, even without additional community, environmental, economic, or housing improvements, lead to the return of young families to an area.