I look at IB and Ingenuity grads from several schools throughout the city, and I look at other Baltimore students, and I see a great difference. But I know that this difference isn't inherent. I understand that I, and others like me, are where we are now because we were lucky enough to have had doors opened for us and to have had access to quality education. Other children have not been as lucky. Knowing this, I was extremely alarmed when I learned that the school system was considering significant funding cuts to the Ingenuity and IB programs, which have already weathered years of declining funds.