As a parent of three school aged Baltimore City School Children, I firmly believe that there is definitely room for improvement. Baltimore City Public Schools recent reforms have brought about some success in the areas of the reduction of the suspension/ expulsion rate, improved school attendance monitoring, and attracting those children who once dropped out of high school to return back to formalized education. Some of the reforms that I am not impressed with are city wide schooling where children from the far eastside are many times expected to travel to the other side of the city to receive educational services that should be readily available in their local communities. I feel that due to the Federal Legislation of the No Child Left Behind Act our system works to "teach our children to the test"; thus leaving very little time for cultural instruction that impacts the budding philosophies, views, and decision making abilities of our young people. You will find that many high schools are missing instruction in the arts, and other co-curricular subjects which have been proven to boost student outcomes and engage youth in their learning communities. I feel the City- State Partnership by which Baltimore City School is governed is broken. This partnership allows for each level of government to past the buck when comes to accountability. I feel that Baltimore City Schools should be governed by the Local government just as the other 23 jurisdictions within the state of Maryland. This will increase the level of transparency and accountability. With regard to the Board of School Commissioners the appointment process should be one that is done by the vote of the constituents for which it serves.